An Everett Police Department officer trains his rifle toward Motel Express on Broadway in Everett Thursday morning. Police thought they had surrounded an armed-robbery suspect, but no one was inside. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

An Everett Police Department officer trains his rifle toward Motel Express on Broadway in Everett Thursday morning. Police thought they had surrounded an armed-robbery suspect, but no one was inside. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Police in Everett storm motel room, but robbery suspect gone

A female reported being robbed at gunpoint by a man at Motel Express on Broadway early Thursday.

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.

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