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The Today File

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August 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

UPDATE: Seattle SWAT team takes burglary suspect into custody

UPDATE: 12:10 a.m. | A teenage burglary suspect who had been holed up in a Central District apartment with knives in his hands surrendered to Seattle police after nearly four hours of negotiating late Thursday night.

A SWAT team stood in the hallway outside the apartment while police on the ground talked to the suspect, who had been pacing on a balcony on the corner of 94th Street and Stone Avenue. He eventually put down the knives and was arrested with no further difficulty, police spokesman Mark Jamieson said.

The suspect has been taken to the hospital to be evaluated, since drug involvement is suspected, Jamieson said. Once he’s been cleared medically, police say he will be booked into the Youth Services Center on suspicion of several felonies. Jamieson said the teenager had an outstanding warrant.

UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.| Seattle police have tweeted that the suspect is in custody and that he’ll be taken to a hospital then booked into the Youth Services Center. In a second tweet, SPD says the crisis intervention team and detectives will follow up.

A Seattle police officer takes aim during a standoff with a burglary suspect. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Conroy)

A Seattle police officer takes aim during a standoff with a burglary suspect. (Photos courtesy of Gabe Conroy)

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m. | The situation hasn’t changed for several hours. Seattle Times reporter Colin Campbell talked a while ago with police spokesman Mark Jamieson, who said there is indication the teen has drugs in his system; they don’t know what sort though. Jamieson also said the suspect may have mental-health issues.

Police will continue to negotiate as long as is practical, Jamieson said.

“Our No. 1 concern is that nobody gets hurt, including him,” he said.

The teen continues to pace on the balcony with police spotlights trained on him.

Police don’t believe there is anybody else in the apartment with the suspect, but they don’t know that for sure.

Police evacuated the fourth floor of the building, the floor where the suspect is holed up. Residents who live on other floors have been allowed to remain in their homes, but people who are returning home have not been permitted to enter the building. A bus has been brought to the site, so that those residents have a sheltered place to wait.

UPDATE, 9:44 P.M. | Little has changed. Our reporter on the scene says the suspect  continues to pace back and forth, occasionally taking a drink from a green bottle. Police have tweeted that they are continuing to talk with the suspect.

ORIGINAL POST |  A Seattle Police SWAT team is outside a Seattle apartment complex trying to persuade a burglary suspect to surrender.

Officers at the scene of the standoff.

Officers at the scene of the standoff.

The suspect, described by one of the apartment-building residents as a man no older than 20, was spotted on the roof of one apartment building and then was seen jumping about 10 feet across to another roof, according to resident Jesse Miles, 28.

Police got a call just after 6 p.m., that a teenager had broken into his parents house at North 94th Street and Aurora Avenue North. Detective Jeff Kappel wrote on the police department’s blog that the teen is believed to be wanted for felony theft.

Afterward, the suspect holed up in an apartment in the 1100 block of North 94th Street, Kappel wrote, and the teen appeared on a balcony and in the window brandishing knives.

Police are don’t know whether he has other weapons, and they also don’t know whether the suspect is alone in the apartment, Kappel wrote.

Officers using a megaphone have called to the suspect by name, telling him to drop the weapons and saying they want to talk to him but can’t if he has knives. The suspect responded, but it was not clear what he said.

A SWAT truck and several squad cars are at the apartment building.

We’ll update this post as more information becomes available

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