A 27-year-old man was arrested early Monday after his ex-girlfriend says he held her hostage and threatened to kill her and himself early Monday in Seattle. The victim was able to escape and contact police, who persuaded the barricaded suspect to eventually surrender.
The woman told police that her ex-boyfriend came over to her house in the 6200 block of 44th Avenue South earlier in the night to discuss their relationship. She said he became very angry, and she became fearful of his actions around 10 p.m. She tried to call 911 but he took the phone away, knocked her down on the bed and would not let her leave. He said he would kill her, commit suicide or would have the police kill him.
The victim was finally able to get out of the house and used a neighbor's phone to called police. Officers responded to the scene and secured the premises. Hostage negotiators were able to to talk to the suspect on the phone and after multiple conversations he left the house and was taken into custody.
Police said the man has had prior domestic violence incidents with the victim and has also made threats of suicide by police in other jurisdictions.
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The suspect was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, threats to kill and unlawful imprisonment charges.