Three men were arrested Tuesday after a robbery and standoff at a South Seattle building that the victim said was a marijuana grow learning center.
Officers responded to the commercial-style building in the 8300 block of Dallas Avenue S. around 12:37 a.m.
Seattle Police say a man was inside the building, talking on the phone when three other unknown men entered. The victim set the phone down, which allowed the person on the other end to hear what was going on.
The suspects allegedly tied up the victim with duct tape while the person he was talking to called 911.
When officers arrived, the victim was able to run out the front door to safety.
Two of the suspects left the building and were taken into custody. The third suspect stayed inside and was believed to be armed with a gun. Officers surrounded the building.
SWAT and negotiators attempted to get the man to come out using “flash bangs.” Evenutally, SWAT broke in through the front door and found the suspect hiding in the ceiling, where he was taken into custody.
Police say the victim told them the facility was a learning center to study marijuana production. Such centers are not legal in Washington state.