A man wrapped in duct tape and wearing a device strapped to his arm threatened to blow up a bomb across the street from the King County Courthouse Friday morning, police said. After a standoff with police, he surrendered and was taken into custody.
The device taped to the man's arm was not a bomb, although it was fashioned to look like a pipe bomb, Seattle police said Friday afternoon.
Police said it began shortly after 8 a.m. when the man in his 40s walked into a downtown Seattle shelter and said he was a vampire and wanted to eat people for breakfast.
The staff ushered him outside and called police. At that point, the suspect said he was a space cowboy and showed them what appeared to be a pipe bomb taped to his wrist.
Witnesses said the man had wrapped his body in black duct tape and was pacing in circles, making threats. He was wearing a black helmet.
Video from Chopper 7 showed the man lying on a sidewalk. He then got up and appeared to take off some clothing. The video showed him appearing to taunt police, who were behind an armored vehicle.
At 9:18 a.m., the video showed police, with weapons drawn, taking the man into custody as he complied with orders to surrender. Police took him to jail for investigation of making a bomb threat.
People who know the man said he is homeless and shows signs of mental illness.
"I don't think it's a bomb. But, you know, when he walks around with mink coats and dresses, he (doesn't) get on the news for that. So now you got a rusty piece of pipe, now he's on the news," said James Nash.
Mike Johnson with the Union Gospel mission said before the incident occurred, the man walked in, told Johnson he was a vampire and wanted access to the dayroom so he could get his food.
"I was enjoying a leisurely morning," the student said. "Then something more interesting happened."
Authorities have not released any more information about the man