City and port police swarmed Pier 69 on Seattle’s waterfront Sunday evening, drawing their guns and delaying a passenger ferry’s arrival during what turned out to be a fruitless two-hour search for a potentially armed burglary suspect.
But hours after police abandoned the search Sunday night, the suspect remained at large.
Seattle police said the search unfolded after a man called 911 Sunday evening to report that another man was seen trying to break into the caller’s apartment in the 2700 block of Elliott Avenue.
“The victim said he confronted the suspect on his balcony,” Seattle police reported in an account posted on the department’s website. “The suspect climbed down a metal trellis then ran away towards Pier 69.”
The victim gave chase. But after the suspect climbed a fence to the pier and yelled that he had a gun, the “victim wisely let the suspect get away and he called 911,” police reported.
Officers arriving by car surrounded Pier 69 from Alaskan Way, while Harbor Patrol boats in Elliott Bay searched beneath the pier and nearby waters. Port of Seattle police also joined the search, which centered around the pier that houses the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry terminal.
During the search, the inbound Victoria Clipper III was forced to remain off-shore, circling Elliott Bay away from the dock. The police search delayed the ferry’s arrival by more than an hour.
Police described the suspect as a white male in his mid- to late-20s, wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and had a dark sweatshirt tied around his waist. The man may be armed. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.