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Officers Arrest International District Bank Robber

Officers arrested a man after he robbed a bank in the International District Wednesday afternoon and holed up in his apartment.

At 3:45 p.m. staff at a bank in the 600 block of 5 Avenue South called 911 to report a robbery.  The suspect, a 52-year-old man entered the store, passed the teller a note demanding money, and fled the branch with the cash.

Officers quickly tracked the suspect to a nearby apartment building.  Building managers confirmed the suspect lived in the building and pointed them to his apartment. Police converged on the unit and attempted to make contact, but the man refused to come out.  After obtaining a warrant, a SWAT team entered the apartment just before 9pm, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Police cleared the scene but, at 11:30 p.m, were called back when a resident of the apartment building spotted the suspect returning home. Patrol officers again swarmed the area and, after a brief foot chase, caught the suspect.

Robbery detectives interviewed the man and later booked him into King County Jail for robbery.