West Seattle Blog
UPDATE: The drama is over. Police stormed the room and yanked out the guy. Check out video of the entry after the jump.
West Seattle Blog
From his morning bus route to work today, Weekly editor Mike Seely reported quite the hubbub at the "Triangle Motel" in West Seattle. SWAT teams. News crews. Wide-eyed passersby. Turns out there's a man in there with a knife who simply doesn't want to leave.
West Seattle Blog (who else?) fills in the blanks.
7:41 AM: We've received calls asking about SWAT team action at the 36th/Alaska motel. Police describe it as a "barricaded person." They are working to communicate with that person. The situation is affecting traffic in the area, so if you usually go through that area, we'd advise finding an alternate route. More to come.
7:52 AM: WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand just spoke with SPD Det. Mark Jamieson at the scene. This started in the 5 am hour, when police encountered a man outside the motel who appeared to have a knife. They told him to drop it; he ran into a room at the motel, and has been there ever since. Just before 7 am, they decided to tape off the area. Right now they are trying to establish contact with the man in a variety of ways but have not been able to reach him. No injuries to anyone have been reported so far.
8:13 AM: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen says the man is believed to be "elderly . . . with mental issues." Police are asking media, as is standard in active SWAT team situations, to be careful not to show live images that would clue the suspect to what is happening outside his location. Our crew says traffic now appears to be moving OK in both directions along SW Alaska.
8:39 AM: No change in the situation but police continue trying to coax the man to come out peacefully. Their messages via bullhorn can be clearly heard around the area: "We want to help."
UPDATE: Not long ago police stormed the room and pulled out the knife-wielding gentleman. Here's a vid courtesy of West Seattle Blog.
Here's a vid courtesy of West Seattle Blog.
Here's where it's went down.
NOTE: The name "Triangle Motel" is not actually the official name of the motel yet. It was Seattle West Inn & Suites (a place beloved by musician and Jimmi's little brother Leon Hendrix), but new management tells Seattle Weekly that that's "all coming down." Triangle is a potential name, but not official just yet.
Triangle is a potential name, but not official just yet.
We're just happy that after the man refused to drop the knife, the cops didn't shoot him.