SEATTLE – A woman was found injured after she was held hostage in her apartment by a man who lived in her apartment building in Seattle, authorities said.
Officers were called around 1 a.m. Tuesday by a woman who appeared to be bleeding in the Chinatown International District, the Seattle Police Department said in a news release.
The 57-year-old woman told police that she had met a man who invited her to an apartment by the 1000 block of South Jackson Street. According to KIRO-TV, the man put a knife to her throat when he found out she lived in the same building. He reportedly tried to get into her apartment.
Police public information officer Judinna Gulpan told KIRO that the man assaulted the woman once they got inside her apartment.
The woman tried to escape but the man reportedly forced her back inside and he threatened to kill her and her son if she called to report the attack, according to KIRO.
Once the man fell asleep, the woman escaped and found a way to contact authorities. Police said her injuries were non-life-threatening.
The 57-year-old suspect barricaded himself inside the victim’s apartment. According to KIRO, police had to get a search warrant to arrest him.
The names of the victim and suspect have not been released. The suspect was arrested by SWAT. Police say he is being charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and harassment. Other charges are pending.