Suspect up Seattle tree comes down after 3 hours

Published On: Mar 01 2013 10:55:33 AM PST
SEATTLE -

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

KOMO Radio reports 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.

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

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

The activity blocked two Sounder commuter trains, and Sound Transit bused those passengers from Edmonds. It also delayed an Amtrak train to Bellingham.