March 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Man arrested after breaking into occupied home this morning
A man was arrested in Beacon Hill early this morning after Seattle police say he broke into a home in the 4100 block of 15th Avenue South.
According to police, the armed suspect broke into the home through a kitchen window and at around 4 a.m. confronted the victims. One of the victims was threatened at gunpoint and ordered to get on the floor, police said.
The second victim managed to call for help and kept open the 911 phone call when the suspect ordered him to also lie on the floor.
When police soon arrived and knocked on the door, the gunman ordered one of the victims to tell officers that everything was fine. The victim did as he was told, but officers had a suspicion that things were not right and pressed the victim for information.
Officers called for extra patrols and a police dog. After some negotiation the victims were safely released; police found the gunman hiding in the bathroom of the house.
The 21-year-old gunman was arrested without incident for investiation of first-degree robbery, police said.
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