The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office contacted West Norriton police Monday night after hearing that Bickle had called a friend in Washington from his grandparents' house, police said. A warrant for Bickle's arrest had been issued Friday.
West Norriton Lt. Joseph Boccella said a negotiator called Bickle shortly before 9 p.m. and told him that police were there to arrest him.
``About 10 minutes later, [Bickle] came walking out,'' Boccella said. ``It usually takes much more time than that. It's highly unusual, especially on a homicide warrant.''
Kitsap County Detective Ray Stroble said yesterday that Bickle and a 16-year-old boy allegedly robbed and strangled Douglas Hanson, 70, in mid-March. Stroble said Hanson, who was an invalid, was found dead March 15 in his apartment in Silverdale, about 60 miles west of Seattle.
``There were witnesses that saw these two leaving, and there were statements made by both of them about this crime,'' Stroble said. ``They got away with some cigarettes and a gun.''
Police believe that Bickle, who was raised by his grandparents in West Norriton, may have taken a bus east to their home.
Stroble said police arrested the 16-year-old boy March 31.