SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – A Seattle police department SWAT team has surrounded an apartment building after a man threatened a cab driver with a gun.

According to, the cab driver said a woman had taken a cab from Shoreline to North Seattle just after 3 a.m. but when they arrived, she claimed her boyfriend was supposed to pay the $37 fare. When she couldn’t reach him on the phone, she said she would go inside and fetch him.

“I held her coat as ransom, so I’d get paid,” the cab driver said. “And the next think I know, he came out with a gun, demanded the coat and took the coat.”

The driver asked the man if he was going to pay him.

“He had some choice words about that, pointed the gun at me again and went back into the apartment building,” the driver said.

The driver was not hurt.

Police have blocked streets around the apartment building near 140th Street and Aurora Avenue North during the standoff.


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