EVERETT — Police on Thursday morning stormed a room at Motel Express on Broadway, where they believed an armed robbery suspect was holed up, but no one was inside.
A woman reported being robbed by a man with a pistol around 6:30 a.m. in the motel’s parking lot at 2301 Broadway, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said. She was not injured. Witnesses said the man fled and was hiding inside a room.
Regional SWAT officers surrounded the evacuated building and nearby alleys with weapons drawn and tried to coax him out, but there was no response.
“At about 9:45 a.m., SWAT entered and confirmed the man was not hiding inside a motel room,” Everett police said in a news release. Detectives continue to investigate the robbery.
Several blocks along Broadway were closed for a time but were open by mid-morning. Nearby North Middle School reportedly was under a partial lockdown during the incident.