Man arrested for threatening Seattle Jewish center


by KING 5 News

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 6:24 PM

Seattle police arrested a former employee of a Jewish campus group near the University of Washington Monday afternoon after he threatened workers.

The incident happened just around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Hillel Center at NE 47th and 17th Avenue NE. Police say the man had been fired and later came back and threatened employees.

He ran to the basement and began mixing cleaning supplies.

Employees immediately evacuated the building and called police.

Several officers, including SWAT team members, arrived at the scene. They closed off several streets in the area and entered the building.

Officers found the man in the building's basement.

"He was overcome by the fumes and so we had to develop a plan to get him out safely," said Mark Jamieson with Seattle Police.

Jamieson said the man was able to follow officers' instructions to move to the stairwell where the officers were. They took him into custody and he was treated by the medics and taken to the hospital.

Police closed traffic along 16th Avenue NE and 17th Avenue NE along NE 50th Street while arson bomb detectives and the fire department worked to determine if the building was safe and to ventilate the building.

Jamieson said none of the employees were injured.