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Bizarre standoff at 7-Eleven ends peacefully

Posted by Geeky Swedes on January 31st, 2010

Update 11:45 a.m: A man with a “very realistic looking Airsoft gun” walked into the 7-Eleven on Leary Way on Saturday night, sparking a strange standoff that closed Leary Way and ended with the suspect in custody.

It began just before 11 p.m. “I was in there and he was chugging a beer and then poured half of it on his head,” says a witness in comments below. “I payed for my stuff and left, and started walking out and he put a gun on top of his head. At that point I left and the first cop was pulling in.” Fortunately, employees and customers were able to escape as police surrounded the building.

A SWAT team and negotiator were called, and they watched as the man danced around the store, cleaning and exercising (some of which we observed from our vantage point nearby). “We’d like you to come out so we can be sure you’re OK,” the negotiator said over the loudspeaker “It’s a little unusual for you to be inside a 7-Eleven by yourself, doing exercises and calisthenics.”

In between the activity, the man would sit on the floor as the negotiator tried repeatedly to convince the man to listen to him. At one point, SWAT set off a flash-bang to get the man’s attention.

Finally, at 1:40 a.m., the man put on his jacket and exited the store with his arms in the air, where he was met with a SWAT team at gunpoint. Police say “a very realistic looking Airsoft gun was in a holster on the suspect’s belt.” The suspect was transported to a hospital for a mental evaluation, and he’ll be booked in jail upon his release. (Thanks Silver for alerting us to the story!)

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101 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Ck // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Oh no, hopefully the robber gives up and doesn't hurt anyone.

  • 2 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Suspect has a gun in the waistband from what I hear on the scanner. 6 or 7 people were running out of the parking lot as the suspect was waiving the gun in the air.

  • 3 Uptoolate // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Wearing a police type belt and holster.

  • 4 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

    he just put his hair in a ponytail and is now doing calisthenics

  • 5 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Getting ready for prison, I imagine.

  • 6 tkwsu82 // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I was in there and he was chugging a beer and then poured half of it on his head. Thinking he was just some drunk homeless guy on too many drugs I asked the cashier if I called the police and he said yes. I payed for my stuff and left, and started walking out and he put a gun on top of his head. At that point I left and the first cop was pulling in.

  • 7 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:02 am

    SWAT is calling in for body armor.

  • 8 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:03 am

    They are driving the bearcat, the SWAT armored truck type thing up to the front of the store in a couple of min.

  • 9 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:05 am

    The hostage negotiators should be arriving soon.

  • 10 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Thank goodness, Mr. Singh (assuming due to his religion) is a great guy, I was worried he was stuck inside.

  • 11 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:13 am

    tkwsu82 – thanks so much for posting!

  • 12 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for posting, Mongo. For some reason I'm not hearing the channel they are on now.

  • 13 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:15 am

    They are gearing up and moving into position now, it will probably be slow for a bit unless he forces the issue.

  • 14 tkwsu82 // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:20 am

    i know there was one guy behind me paying when he pulled the gun out. So there was 2 people left inside, the man paying and the store clerk. Dont know if they got out.

  • 15 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:25 am

    They just asked for one sniper to be put into position.

  • 16 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Media relations just showed up so we may get some info from the swedes soon.

  • 17 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:27 am

    The subject just lit a pipe, no menti0n of what kind.

  • 18 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:30 am

    They are going on top of the building across Leary – decided against having a sniper on Big 5.

  • 19 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:32 am

    If he's classy, maybe one like this:
    http://workbench.cadenhead.org/media/sherlock-h

  • 20 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:36 am

    pjp was kind enough to give me the talk group number for Tac 1 channel so now I can listen along!

  • 21 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Are the “Zebra” units SWAT?

  • 22 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:38 am

    typically yes but they can be other special units.

  • 23 tkwsu82 // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:38 am

    how do i listen to the tact channel

  • 24 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:39 am

    It sounds like he is cleaning the floor now and the cops are moving in

  • 25 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Sweet… he's cleaning up the place now (“with a broom or a mop”).

  • 26 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

    It is talk group 3440

  • 27 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Tact channel? I like it! ;-)

    We're listening to “Tac 1″ which is short for Tactical Channel One.”

  • 28 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Thanks! I think I knew that at one point…

  • 29 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

    He walked to the north side of the store, he is wearing a wetsuit and the gun is in the holster

  • 30 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Yeah – “The suspect is wearing a wetsuit, a holster with a gun in it and several “speed loaders.” “

    The store manager just arrived with keys for the store.

  • 31 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:50 am

    That explains why he was mopping up… maybe he had a trail of water behind him.

  • 32 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Ha! He came up through the sewer!

  • 33 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:55 am

    00:54, moving in.

  • 34 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:55 am

    The story above has been updated.

  • 35 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 8:59 am

    one of the officers is looking for a sketch of the interior of the building – interested in places the suspect could hide. I haven't heard anything on radio indicating that they have entered the building. Can anyone advise?

  • 36 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Or he was planing for the Slurpee shower he took earlier.

  • 37 reddog2000 // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:01 am

    sound like gas is going in

  • 38 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:01 am

    No they just lit up the lights and sirens on the bearcat. They will probably start talking to him on the PA soon.

  • 39 banjoi // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:01 am

    They are discussing ” air spaces” he could hide if they gas the building

  • 40 Uptoolate // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:04 am

    http://www.komonews.com/news/content/scanner/31

    Join in

  • 41 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Cool!!

  • 42 Mattatya // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Is the Komo Live Scanner a good tool to have in my favorites. Is it specific to areas of Seattle or Seattle as a whole?

  • 43 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:08 am

    That page needs a chatroom.

  • 44 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:10 am

    That is a good question!

  • 45 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I just heard the sound of a flash bang or something. Did any of you hear it?

  • 46 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:13 am

    From my experience it hops from one frequency to another when there is ~5s of silence on the current frequency. Thus you get a smattering from all over the city.

    Always enjoyable on Friday and Saturday nights to hear all of the crap that the guys over in the U Dist have to put up with.

  • 47 bmvaughn // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Suspect is sitting in the corner of the store.

  • 48 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    yes I'm in the Gilman park neighborhood so it was loud here.

  • 49 acass206 // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Yes this scanner is specific to Seattle Police/Fire only, it scans both city police and fire unencrypted bands simultaneously.

  • 50 Uptoolate // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    It's the one I use from time to time. I'm no expert but it seems to cover cen com and then many unit to unit communications. It can get confusing with all the different incidents but you begin to recognize the voices. Such as tonight at Ballard.
    Of course the meat goes down on the tactical channels (Tac 1 at the 7-11) but I know nothing about accessing these.

  • 51 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:17 am

    The dog is not amused by the bang.

  • 52 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Does it scan all of the tactical channels?

  • 53 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:21 am

    It's downright NASTY over there. Especially around 45th and 15th.

  • 54 Mattatya // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I wonder if there is a live scanner for just the Ballard Greenwood area that is online. I have never listened to a scanner. It's amazing all the things going on and how you could easily get hooked into listening to these. It's 1:20am and I'm still awake lol

  • 55 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Muhahaha! Welcome to the dark side!

  • 56 reddog2000 // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:24 am

    sound like there getting a door spreader

  • 57 acass206 // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I don't believe so, at least not that I've noticed, you can hear officers every so often requesting to switch over to a secure channel, but as far as tactical you're probably better off going with a digital trunked police/fire scanner.

  • 58 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I wonder why? Isn't the front door unlocked?

  • 59 reddog2000 // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:27 am

    i guess i dont know

  • 60 Uptoolate // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:28 am

    It is amazing. For instance apparently there is party with 50 people and a live band over at 46th and Baker. Do you know where your kid are?

  • 61 Mattatya // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Oooh more booms noises for ya.

  • 62 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:35 am

    It's all I can do to follow north police and city-wide fire.

    Listening to more than one police precinct would mess me up.

  • 63 Mattatya // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I'm going to bed. I could listen all night lol. I'm glad everyone is safe. Goodnight Silver

  • 64 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:42 am

    That was the best outcome you could ask of that situation, him just walking out and giving up. It is great that no one got hurt.

  • 65 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:44 am

    So that they could break into the rear door of 7/11 had they needed to storm the place.

  • 66 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Good night! Now try to sleep. ;-)

  • 67 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Absolutely!

    Oh crap. Ambulance has an ETA of 30 – 40 minutes!

  • 68 pinkrolo // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Wow! I didn't know komonews had a scanner. Really cool. I'm glad the guy gave himself up…I was praying for those officers. Good night(:

  • 69 Tom DesLongchamp // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:47 am

    We've had issues with a guy on my street who does weird exercises next to the road. He has long wavy brown hair, in his early 30s, bearded. Anyone know any more details about what this guy looks like?

  • 70 Uptoolate // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I'm up too late. I release me.

  • 71 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Ha! Sleep well!

  • 72 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I think he had shoulder length hair. He put it in a pony tail at one point.

  • 73 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Good night, all. I'm off to bed!

  • 74 linusrox // Jan 31, 2010 at 10:19 am

    That shouldn't have made me snort, but it did.

  • 75 linusrox // Jan 31, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Wow. Maybe they can release him into MY custody.

  • 76 jasoncutter // Jan 31, 2010 at 10:22 am

    seems like you are talking about this “trip powers” guy who lives in a motor home usually parked by the power station thing just north of leary on 15th. anyone know what is up with him?

  • 77 BallardPinkGirl // Jan 31, 2010 at 10:39 am

    night night(:

  • 78 Maxx // Jan 31, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Latest word is, the kook was Pastor Driscoll preparing for this morning's sermon about humanitarian hypocrisy.

  • 79 Name // Jan 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Re: local scanners, according to the Komo site, “Locally you should check out the Intercept Northwest Web site and message boards, and the Radio Reference site has a large community of users who can help you get started.”

  • 80 ballardpilot // Jan 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Not in this city.

    More likely he'll be given a subsidized apartment to hang out in and do drugs all day when he's not robbing convenience stores.

    It's great living in an Urban Village!

  • 81 John // Jan 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    “I 'payed' for my stuff…”

    Is there a professional journalist on scene, or anybody who can spell?

  • 82 ballardpilot // Jan 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I was driving down Leary to work early last week, this was before 6 am, and the streets were empty. There was some lunatic on the sidewalk with long, wild-looking hair, dressed strangely in some sort of a “Michelin Man” jumpsuit. Now, I've lived around here long enough to not even notice strange looking characters, but this guy was playing a guitar (or at least pretending he was), and he was jumping up and down and screaming (singing?), gyrating, and really working himself up into a froth. If it had been during the Solstice Parade, or even on any evening in Fremont, it would have fit in perfectly. But it was like 5:45 in the morning on a cold, drizzley January morning, and the streets were deserted. He seemed to be completely round the bend, raving out there all by himself.

    Maybe the same guy?

  • 83 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    The RadioReference.com site is amazing.

    I have used both of those sites to research questions I had, and to ask questions when I got stuck. The Radio Reference people seemed better to answer my questions in plain english.

  • 84 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Hey, John – I can understand your consternation, but the reason that “paid” is spelled that way is that the witness typed it that way into the forums. ;-)

    It was late, and he just had a guy with a gun pour beer on himself next to him. I doubt I would be worried about my spelling at that point either.

  • 85 Uptoolate // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    No John, there was not. That's why you are here seeking your “news”. Comes with the territory. The whining doesn't help. Go back to bed, get out the other side.

  • 86 fiddler crab // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    “Thank goodness, Mr. Singh (assuming due to his religion) is a great guy, I was worried he was stuck inside.”

    thanks mongo. we need more ethnocentric stereotyping from yahoos like you glued to your precious little scanner.

  • 87 Silver // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    OOooooo! Envy much?

  • 88 michaeljk // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I was just getting to sleep last night when I heard the flash bang. I was good to read that everyone was ok and got away from this nut case. We will probably see more of this as more and more people make their way into Ballard. Crimes are on the rise…

  • 89 Seattlegrrl // Jan 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Does this 7-11 have “come here if you're crazy, stupid, AND have a gun” sign on it somewhere? This poor store can't seem to catch a break!

  • 90 Chris // Jan 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    mental health at its worst

  • 91 Sean // Jan 31, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Great work on SPD's part in resolving this without any injury to either side. Wonder if he was high. The downside is jerks like this tie up valuable resources as incidents continue otherwise. But again, good work on our officers part and kudos to witnesses for providing them with detailed info.

  • 92 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    fiddler crab,

    Maybe you should educate yourself about some world religions.

    http://www.sikhwomen.com/SikhNames/

    I was not doing it do do any stereotyping, he is a very religious man, and I have talked to him about it several times.

    I have been going to his store for years and I consider him a friend, and I was concerned about his safety as a friend. I had actually been in the store an hour before this happened and I knew he was the one working. I never asked his name but if it is a very safe assumption.

  • 93 ballardpilot // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    “Does this 7-11 have “come here if you're crazy, stupid, AND have a gun” sign on it somewhere?”

    No, that's what the city puts on the “Welcome to Ballard” signs.

  • 94 SPG // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    So was this the same nutter who's camped out in the silver RV on 8th/Leary?

  • 95 mongo // Jan 31, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    The seattle times is reporting it was an airsoft pistol (shoots plastic pellets)

  • 96 kitty cat // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    woo hoo, go airsoft.

    go back to irc mongo.

  • 97 Name // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Interesting, mongo. I knew Sikh men tended to be named Singh but never knew why.

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  • 100 Idle Activist // Feb 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Ballard Welcomes Our New Bum Overlords.

  • 101 Tom DesLongchamp // Feb 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Yesterday, “Trip Powers” motor-home was towed. I really do think it was him. He had been visually changing his motor-home every day up till that Saturday, and he walked up Leary a lot. I have video footage of him during some of his fits.

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