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Hostage Negotiator talks armed man out of South Seattle home

A man showed up to his parent’s South Seattle home armed with a handgun and demanded money. This morning at 4:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a house in the 104 block of 57th Ave south to a report from the suspect’s mother that he was at the door demanding money from his dad and that he had struck the front door of the residence several times with an axe. While officers were en-route, the call was updated with information that the suspect had a gun and had left in the vehicle with his dad.

Officers came across the dad, at 56th South and Bangor. He told officers that the suspect (his son) demanded money from him, displayed a weapon and told him to drive to Safeway on Rainer Ave to get $400 in cash. No money was exchanged and the victim dropped the suspect off on South Bangor Street where he got out of the vehicle and walked to his grandparent’s house in the 107 block of 56th Ave South, allegedly still armed with a gun.

Containment was established at that location. Officers maintained visuals on the house and an on-duty negotiator responded to the scene. After a period of time, the negotiator was able to convince the suspect to come outside and he was taken into custody without incident. The suspect’s grandparents denied knowing that the suspect was armed and declined to allow the officers to search their home for a weapon.  There were no reported injuries.  The suspect is a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history, and SPD SWAT has contacted him at the 56th Ave South location on a prior occasion.

The 27-year-old man was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Attempt Robbery and Unlawful Imprisonment.