Barricaded Suspect in North Seattle Apartment

Officers and negotiators are on scene at a North Seattle apartment attempting to get a male suspect to peacefully surrender.

At approximately 6:07 p.m. officers initially responded to a report of male suspect (believed to be wanted for felony theft) that broke into his parent’s house near North 92nd Street and Aurora Avenue North.  The suspect, believed to be a teen-aged male, then barricaded himself in an apartment in the 1100 block of North 94th Street where he remains.  Patrol officers surrounded the building and called negotiators and SWAT team officers to the scene. 

The suspect has presented himself on a balcony and in a window of the apartment brandishing two butcher knives.  It is unknown at this time what other weapons the suspect has or may have access too.  It is also unknown if anyone else is inside the apartment.

Officers and negotiators are trying to get the suspect to surrender peacefully.

This remains an active and on-going incident.

UPDATE:

After about four and a half hours of patient negotiating, the 15-year-old suspect dropped the butcher knives he was holding and was taken into custody without further incident by our SWAT officers.  The suspect was believed to have been under the influence of drugs, so he was first taken to a hospital to be checked out and then later booked into the Youth Services Center for his outstanding felony warrant and burglary charges.  The tenants from the surrounding apartments had been evacuated during the incident and were allowed to return home once the situation was resolved.  Detectives and the Crisis Intervention Team will handle the follow up investigation.