Update: Bank alarm brings big police response in The Junction

ORIGINAL REPORT, 6:15 PM: We’re on our way to a report of a big police response in The Junction. A TV helicopter is checking it out too – so if you’re seeing a chopper, that’s what you’re seeing. Updated: They’re checking out a possible robbery alarm in the 4000 block of SW Alaska.

7:34 PM UPDATE: Apologies that heavy traffic crashed the site – it is the result of an underlying problem we are working very hard to permanently fix. We have been reporting on Twitter (twitter.com/westseattleblog) and Facebook (facebook.com/westseattleblog) – even if you don’t regularly use social media, please consider bookmarking our pages there for situations like this – and on our backup site, but in the meantime, here’s the bottom line of what happened:

A “duress alarm” was triggered at AmericanWest Bank at 4022 SW Alaska. It was false, but that kind of alarm requires an in-person response by police – it cannot be remotely (by phone, etc.) confirmed as false. That tied up traffic and led to tense moments, because the huge police response – necessary in case someone really had been in trouble – required officers to clear people away from around the bank.

A TV helicopter showed up and, according to scanner traffic, was asked to back off. Finally, the manager of the bank got to the scene and went in with police to verify that everything was OK. Officers stayed a while longer at the bank to be sure everything was OK, and also to try to find out how the alarm was triggered; there was a scanner suggestion that a cleaning person might have been to blame, but we don’t know if that has been confirmed.

7 Replies to "Update: Bank alarm brings big police response in The Junction"

  • Zoey September 9, 2013 (7:03 pm)

    Saw this while on a drive with my driving school…crazy big response…fire truck too…almost six police cars…

  • lynn September 9, 2013 (7:35 pm)

    Possible robbery alarm? When I drove by the police had guns drawn.

    • WSB September 9, 2013 (7:41 pm)

      Yes, that’s because it was – as our update says – a “duress alarm,” we learned later from a sergeant at the scene. That, they told us, requires them to verify in person that everything is OK. Police draw guns in situations where they need to be extra-careful, even if a crime or a suspect’s presence has not been verified – also in what they call ‘felony stop’ situations, such as pulling over a car confirmed by data checks as stolen. – TR

  • lynn September 9, 2013 (7:37 pm)

    Thanks WSB!

  • mama3boys September 9, 2013 (8:15 pm)

    Happy to hear it was a false alarm. I am there at least weekly on PTA business and the staff is just awesome. Happy to not be there today!

  • akash September 11, 2013 (10:12 pm)

    I interviewed the cleaner lady she acknowledged she works for a private contracting company and they did not advise her there would be bank code change. So my perspective it would be the private contracting company’s fault

  • who cares? September 11, 2013 (11:08 pm)

    THOUSANDS of our tax dollars straight down the drain. Responsible parties need to be held accountable for the bill.

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