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Officer Assaulted During Recovery of Stolen Vehicle

Seattle Police officer found a reported stolen vehicle in the Eastlake neighborhood early this morning. 

When the officer was recovering the stolen vehicle in the 2300 block of Franklin Avenue East at approximately at 01:30 a.m., a man walked out from a nearby apartment and began to interfere with the tow truck driving away with the vehicle. The male suspect was recognized as having multiple outstanding felony warrants. The officer took the suspect into custody after a short foot pursuit.  

While waiting for backing officers to arrive, the 42-year-old suspect began yelling back towards the apartment. A woman appeared from the apartment and began to insert herself between the officer and the detained suspect. Soon, a second man known to the suspect exited from the apartment and assaulted the officer to prevent the detainment of the suspect. The two male suspects returned to an apartment and barricaded themselves inside. The 49-year-old female suspect stopped her efforts in interfering with the detainment of the male suspects. 

SPD Hostage Negotiators responded to facilitate communication for voluntary compliance from the male suspects to exit the apartment. Police later obtained a search warrant to enter the apartment to locate the suspects. SWAT entered the apartment and took the suspects into custody.  

The officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and the suspects reported no injuries at the time of the incident. 

Police arrested the 42-year-old male suspect for assault, obstruction, resisting arrest, false reporting, and his outstanding warrants. The 32-year-old male suspect was arrested for assault and obstruction. Officers requested obstruction charges for the female suspect. Both male suspects were booked into King County Jail.