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April 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Woman released in North Seattle standoff

Police vehicles are parked in front of the Extended Stay America hotel off Stone Ave N. between N 135 St and N 131st St where a bank robbery suspect was holding his girlfriend hostage. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Police vehicles are parked in front of the Extended Stay America hotel off Stone Ave N. between N 135 St and N 131st St where a bank robbery suspect was holed up and held his girlfriend hostage. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Seattle police officers, armed with rifles, walk towards the Extended Stay America hotel in north Seattle during a hostage situation at the facility Sunday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / the Seattle Times)

Seattle police officers, armed with rifles, walk towards the Extended Stay America hotel in north Seattle during a hostage situation at the facility Sunday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / the Seattle Times)

Seattle police negotiators were able to get a woman out of a possible hostage situation at a North Seattle hotel around 5 p.m. today. Police then took her into custody.

The woman is the reason for the standoff. A Seattle patrol officer went to the hotel about 1 p.m. today after receiving a tip that she was staying there. There was a warrant for her arrest. But when the officer arrived, he learned that a bank-robbery suspect was also at the hotel.

The man told police he was holding the woman hostage, and the floor where the man was staying was evacuated and a SWAT unit and negotiators were brought in.

Negotiators still talking with male suspect.

Comments | Topics: girlfriend, hostage, robbery


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