Sunday, April 21, 2013

Hotel hostage situation


Hotel patrons Joenia Patterson, center, her daughter Nija West, left, and Patterson's sister, Maurianna Vega, right, leave the scene of a standoff of a bank robber who had taken his girlfriend and a pitbull hostage Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Extended Stay America on North 133rd and Stone Avenue North in Seattle. "We didn't even know anything was going on until we came out here," Patterson said. The standoff, which began around 2 PM, brought SWAT, patrol cars, negotiators and a firetruck to the scene. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A heavily-armed member of the Seattle police moves to a better vantage point on the scene of a standoff with a bank robber who had taken his girlfriend and a pitbull hostage Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Extended Stay America on North 133rd and Stone Avenue North in Seattle. The standoff, which began around 2 PM, brought SWAT, patrol cars, negotiators and a firetruck to the scene. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


Police keep hotel patrons at bay during a standoff with a bank robber who had taken his girlfriend and a pitbull hostage Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Extended Stay America on North 133rd and Stone Avenue North in Seattle. The standoff, which began around 2 PM, brought SWAT, patrol cars, negotiators and a firetruck to the scene. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)


A heavily-armed member of the Seattle police moves to a better vantage point at a nearby building from the scene of a standoff with a bank robber who had taken his girlfriend and a pitbull hostage Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Extended Stay America on North 133rd and Stone Avenue North in Seattle. The standoff, which began around 2 PM, brought SWAT, patrol cars, negotiators and a firetruck to the scene. (Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com)

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