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DV stabbing suspect in custody after First Hill standoff — UPDATE: ‘Suspicious item’ on 19th Ave E

Officers took a suspect in a reported domestic violence stabbing into custody Monday morning after a five-hour standoff with police inside a First Hill apartment building, SPD tells CHS.

UPDATE: In a separate incident, 19th Ave E was closed off for part of the morning as authorities responded to a report of a “suspicious item” left at a Metro bus stop. More on both incidents, below.

The First Hill incident began around 3:15 AM when the victim arrived at the Virginia Mason emergency room with stab wounds suffered in the attack. According to East Precinct radio reports, police responded to the Avanti Apartments building on Boren where the stabbing reportedly occurred to contact a male identified as the victim’s husband.

Officers arrived at the building and attempted to contact the suspect and the long standoff ensued. Police cleared the area and shut streets in the area as SWAT responded and awaited a warrant to enter the unit.

Police were able to take the man in his 40s into custody after a standoff of around five hours.

The victim in the incident was reportedly in stable condition.

19th Ave E closure
19th Ave E between E Aloha and Prospect was closed off starting around 9:45 AM after a “suspicious item” was reported left at a Metro bus stop.

Route 12 serving the street was halted at Aloha and cars and pedestrians were turned away from the block as King County Sheriff cars blocked off the area and a bomb squad investigated the item.

The area was reopened around 11 AM after the item was determined to not be dangerous. We’re checking with Metro to find out what the item was.

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