SWAT Team Raids Ballard Home

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 2, 2010

An SPD SWAT team shut down traffic in the 3000 block of NW 63rd in Ballard this afternoon as police served a warrant at a nearby home.

Police were looking for a man suspected in at least 10 pharmacy robberies.

A tipster at the scene emailed earlier to day and said police "had one man cuffed and against the side of the car. I heard one say that there was only one person in the house and the other had fled on bike and been seen on 15th and Market. There was no police perimeter - they hadn't blocked anything off even though they had gns drawn. There wasn't any activity in the house - they seemed to be waiting for something."

Police have not officially confirmed any details of the investigation, or said whether any arrest were made.

UPDATE: SPD has posted a statement about the raid on their blog. It contains hardly any useful information:

On February 2nd at approximately 2:07 p.m. Seattle Police Robbery detectives received a tip in an on-going pattern robbery case that led them to the 3000 block of NW 63rd Street.  With the assistance of the SWAT team, a search warrant was served on a residence and two adult subjects, one male and one female, were detained.  There were no other subjects located at the scene. 

Robbery detectives subsequently interviewed and released both subjects pending further investigation.  This remains an active and on-going Robbery Unit investigation.

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