Seattle police arrest man who had wired device taped to his body

Friday, March 12, 2010

Seattle police stop man with device taped to body

SEATTLE — Seattle police arrested a man Friday morning after he alarmed people downtown by making threats and walking around with a pipe strapped to his arm.

A spokesman says the man has been taken into custody while a bomb squad investigates the device, which has wires coming out of it.

Spokesman Mark Jamieson says police responded to numerous calls shortly after 8 a.m. and closed off the area around Third and James near the King County Courthouse.

A nearby apartment resident, Justin Anderson, says he saw the man walking down the street, pacing in circles, and playing with tape that held a pipe to his arm.

Anderson says the man obeyed police commands shortly before 9 a.m. and put his hands behind his head and surrendered.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police have a man in custody who alarmed people downtown Friday morning by walking around with a wired pipe strapped to his arm and making threats.

A spokesman says the situation has been resolved. The bomb squad is investigating the device and police are questioning the man.

Police responded to numerous calls shortly after 8 a.m. and closed off the area.

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