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Seattle Police SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Teams Arrest Suspect After Standoff, Recover Stolen Car, Handgun in Pioneer Square

Seattle police have arrested a 26-year-old man after a standoff at an apartment building in the 200 block of Yesler Way on Feb. 7.

Officers were in the area following up on a stolen car with several people nearby two days earlier. A man and woman, considered suspects, went into an apartment building, and were not found by police that day. The car was recovered.

While investigating, Seattle police learned the man had several outstanding warrants including a felony warrant for assault.

When police officers returned at about 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 to continue their investigation, they found the man and woman in a unit. The suspect opened the door and he then quickly shut the door. Neither would come out of the apartment.

It was reported to police the 26-year-old suspect made threats to neighbors in the past and that he had a handgun. 

Shortly after police arrived, the suspect barricaded himself in the apartment. The Seattle Police SWAT Team responded to the scene and discovered the apartment was empty. Investigators found both the man and woman who’d been in the unit escaped through a window and into an unoccupied unit next door.

Once officers made their way into the second unit, they found the woman hiding in a room and the 26-year-old suspect outside on a ledge. The Seattle Police Hostage Negotiation Team talked with the suspect over the phone, through the building and from the roof until he surrendered and was safely taken into custody.

SPD recovered a black Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun. It was reported stolen through the Port of Seattle Police Department.

The suspect is charged with assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle.

He is booked in the King County Jail.