Skagit County, WA- Burlington Police Detectives have obtained and served an arrest warrant for 22-year old Finley L. Hilde for the murder of 27-year old Jacob A Hanson. Mr. Hanson was murdered on August 19th, 2022 around 10:36 p.m. in the 1200 block of East Fairhaven Avenue in Burlington, WA. A witness had reported to dispatchers that they had heard several gunshots and saw a vehicle speed away from the scene. Arriving Officers located Mr. Hanson and local first responders attempted life saving measures, but he died at the scene.
During the course of the investigation, Burlington Police Investigators learned that Mr. Hanson and Mr. Hilde had recently been in an altercation. During the recent altercation, Hilde had displayed a firearm. The night of Mr. Hanson’s murder, the two men had another dispute resulting in the shooting.
The night of the homicide, witnesses described a suspect that fit the description of Mr. Hilde and they described a suspect vehicle leaving the scene that matched a vehicle recently purchased by Mr. Hilde, according to detectives. Burlington Police later located the suspect vehicle on property associated with Mr. Hilde.
The morning following the murder of Mr. Hanson in Burlington, Mr. Hilde had been arrested in Snohomish County, Washington as a suspect in a separate murder in that county. In the separate murder case, Mr. Hilde is alleged to have pulled up to the Iron Mountain Rock Quarry entrance in a dump truck weigh station around 11 a.m. Court documents state that surveillance video at the quarry showed him talking to the operator there, then he got back in his truck. 27-year old Jordan Hurtado is said to have approached Hilde on the driver’s side of his truck. Hilde then allegedly pulled ahead and parked in the lot. Court documents state that Mr. Hilde exited his truck and started walking toward Mr. Hurtado, listed as “the victim.” Detectives noted that a woman could be seen on the video walking over to her boyfriend (Hurtado) and push him back, before she went back inside the weight station. At that time the woman said she heard 4-5 gunshots. The woman then ran back outside and found Mr. Hurtado on the ground bleeding from gunshot wounds. The woman was able to identify the suspect as Finley Hilde and a receipt indicated the truck belonged to “Hilde Trucking.”
Deputies responding to the shooting at the quarry spotted Mr. Hilde in his dump truck near Jordan Road and Quarry Road. Deputies performed a high-risk felony traffic stop and took Mr. Hilde into custody. Inside the truck they found a white Glock pistol on the passenger side seat and shell casings.
Mr. Hilde is currently being held in the Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of two counts of Murder 2 with a gun. A judge set his bail at $3,000,000.
Both of these homicides remain active investigations.