Seattle police did not find a suspected armed robber in a North Seattle apartment they had surrounded early this morning.
Police SWAT team members surrounded the home in the 13700 block of Midvale Avenue North believing a man suspected of robbing a taxi driver was inside, said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. However, the apartment was searched around 10:30 a.m. and the man was not found inside.
A woman was taken into custody, according to police.
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According to Times news partner KING-TV, the incident started around 3:45 a.m. when a cab driver drove a woman from Shoreline to the North Seattle apartment. The cabbie said the woman refused to pay the $37 fare, so he held her jacket in an effort to get her to pay the fare.
The woman went inside the apartment and her boyfriend came out with a gun and pointed it at the cabbie. The boyfriend took the jacket, refused to pay the fare and returned to the apartment, according to KING-TV.
Police believe the boyfriend is a 26-year-old man who has had run-ins with police before, KING-TV is reporting.
Police negotiators spent much of the morning trying to establish contact with the suspect. Police have arrested a 22-year-old woman in connection with this morning’s incident, but it’s unclear if she is the suspect’s girlfriend.