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Police negotiate armed suspect out of South end residence
Police officers responded to a report of an armed home invasion robbery at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Lakes neighborhood. Police found that the incident was domestic violence-related, with a gun involved, in the 7400 block of 81st Place S.E., adjacent to Islander Middle School.
Four Mercer Island police officers responded, along with one Bellevue officer.
Reports indicated that one suspect, refusing to leave, had possibly barricaded himself inside the home with his girlfriend and her friend. The homeowner — the friend of the suspects's girlfriend — called 911 from inside the house, using her cell phone, and reported the incident.
The homeowner said that she had invited the suspect’s girlfriend over to her home earlier that day. Later that afternoon, the suspect came to the residence and had an argument with his girlfriend. He then pulled out a handgun. The homeowner was able to leave the house and was interviewed by officers. The suspect and girlfriend remained inside.
Police made multiple attempts to contact the suspect by phone. They were successful, and convinced the suspect to leave the residence. He was then arrested without further incident and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault in the first degree.