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April 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

UPDATE: SWAT team clears Renton house, finds ‘contraband’ but no robbers

A King County sheriff’s SWAT team has cleared a home in Renton where  a supposed home-invasion robbery occurred Wednesday morning.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said the team didn’t find any people, but did recover some unspecified “contraband” that detectives intend to talk to the residents about later.

It’s still not clear whether anyone actually ever broke into the home. The two women who reported the robbery shortly before 7  this morning have given conflicting stories, West says, and it’s still unclear exactly what the robbers were supposed to be looking for.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the home, which is in the 10200 block of 128th Avenue Southeast. They were met by two women who said that three armed men broke into the home through a window and announced they were looking for “something.” Shots were fired and the women fled, West said, and one of them told deputies she had to jump out a window.

“We haven’t been able to verify any of this yet,” West said.

The women said the robbers told them that they had wired a car outside with explosives, and that there were bombs in the house. West said those reports, and an “abundance of caution and concern for public safety” resulted in a long search of several nearby vehicles using a robot. After announcing on a public address system for anyone still inside the house to come out —  and then waiting for an hour for anyone to comply —  the sheriff’s office then sent a robot into the house to look for explosives there.

It wasn’t until nearly 3 p.m.  that a SWAT team entered the house.

 

 

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