Just before noon on Thursday, neighbors reported seeing multiple Seattle Police Department patrol cars in the vicinity of NE 75 Street and 35th Avenue NE.
We have since learned that Seattle Police were responding to a bank robbery in the area.
Via the SPD Twitter feed:
Police searching for bank robber near
7500 blk 35th Ave NE. Susp is white male, 50s, 5’3, denim jacket/jeans, black hat, may be armed.
Seattle Public Schools had local schools in shelter-in-place mode around the same time as police arrived on the scene. The list of schools includes Eckstein, Bryant, Thornton Creek, View Ridge, and Wedgwood.
UPDATE (12:35 PM): Unconfirmed as of yet by SPD, but attention seems to be on the
coin store Chase Bank on 35th Avenue NE just north of NE 75th Street.
Here is an image from KIRO’s Chopper 7 which could be heard hovering over our area earlier:
— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) October 16, 2014
UPDATE (2:18 PM): The Seattle Police Department Blotter has a post up now about the robbery. Unfortunately, it does not contain the words “in custody.”
If you have any information on today’s bank robbery (in the 7500 block of 35th Avenue NE), please call the police at 625-5011.
UPDATE (2:31 PM): University Prep (8000 25th Ave NE) was in “modified lockdown” from 12:15-12:35 PM.