Suspect up Seattle tree comes down after 3 hours

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A man climbed down from a tree Friday morning after a three-hour standoff with Seattle police that blocked railroad tracks and halted seven trains.

KOMO Radio reports (http://bit.ly/15WwJct) the man was placed in handcuffs about 8:30 a.m.

Police said the man is suspected of breaking windows at an ex-girlfriend's house about 5:30 a.m. and injuring a man's leg.

The suspect climbed about 40 feet up a tree next to the tracks in the Magnolia neighborhood near the Ballard railroad bridge. He was taking off clothes and tying them to branches.

While a police negotiator tried to talk the man down, a fire department rescue team was standing by.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says the activity delayed four Sound Transit, one Amtrak and two freight trains.

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Information from: KOMO-AM, http://www.komoradio.com/

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