Another armed incident on South Whidbey

A masked man broke into a Langley area home at gunpoint last week.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office, in a news release, reported the home invasion occurred around 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23. Neither of the two residents was injured, and nothing was stolen from the home.

“Apparently he did not leave with anything,” said Detective Ed Wallace.

The suspect, described only as an unknown masked male, reportedly entered the home through a window, pointed a shotgun at the residents inside but did not make any demands. After searching the South Whidbey home, he left a short time later possibly in a black Volkswagen Jetta, based on a witness statement, said Wallace.

In an interview Friday, Sheriff Mark Brown said the department has no suspects, and that the make and model of the shotgun remain unknown. He also noted the peculiarity of an armed intruder who broke into a home but did not steal anything.

“There’s some conflicting reports that make it difficult to sort out what’s factual,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, that takes time.”

Earlier this month, the Bayview Valero gas station was robbed by a masked man who also wielded a shotgun. Wallace said he couldn’t say whether or not the two burglaries are linked.

“There is no direct indication that it’s related, but we’re not ruling anything out,” Wallace said.

The sheriff’s office did not release the names of the victims or address of the incident because the investigation is ongoing.

Contact the sheriff’s office at 360-678-4422, 360-679-9567 or


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