Three men were taken into custody Tuesday morning after an attempted robbery of a marijuana-grow “learning center,” according to Seattle police.
Police said a victim was on the phone with a friend at a “learning center to study marijuana production,” located inside a facility in the 8300 block of Dallas Avenue South, around 12:37 a.m. when three unknown males entered the building and confronted him.
Before the suspects began binding the victim with duct tape, the victim set the phone down without hanging up, police said. That allowed the friend to overhear what was happening and call 911, police said.
The victim was able to escape and run out of the front door of the building as officers arrived. Two of the suspects were taken into custody, police said. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The third suspect retreated back into the building, police said. Efforts to get him to surrender peacefully were unsuccessful, as were distraction devices and chemical irritants.
Ultimately, a SWAT vehicle was used to breach the locked front door, and a robot was sent into the building, police said. The SWAT team then entered and found the suspect hiding in the ceiling.
Police said the marijuana in the facility was intended for medical use.