EDMONDS, Wash. - Edmonds police officers ended up fighting with a man during a routine trespassing call that led to a manhunt and three arrests, investigators said.
Motel employees called police to the Traveler's Inn on Highway 99 near 220th Street in Edmonds around 1:30 a.m. Friday for a report of three trespassers in a motel room.
As officers approached the motel room, the three men ran to a nearby elevator.
Police said when the officers tried to talk to the men, one of the men, a 31-year-old from Tukwila, violently resisted.
As the man fought with officers, the other two suspects, a 39-year-old Yakima man and a 29-year-old Port Orchard man, began frantically grabbing items from their clothing, police said. The items were scattered about the floor before the two men ran from the hotel.
When officers gained control of the struggling man, officers saw that the other two suspects had discarded numerous bags of what appeared to be narcotics along with other evidence of drug trafficking.
One guest, who declined to be identified, said he came back to the hotel shortly after the altercation ended.
"All I was told was sit down, you're not allowed to leave the lobby, and stay here now. I sat there for about an hour and there were cops everywhere,” he said.
Officers from Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood searched for the men and used a K-9 and the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter to find the last two suspects in the bushes.
The searched ended about 2:24 a.m. near the Interurban Trail as the last of three men emerged from some blackberry bushes and surrendered to police.
The officers who were involved in the fight are OK.
Two suspects were treated for minor injuries.
Police said the three men, who were convicted felons, were arrested and booked into jail on drug charges.
Officers said they later learned that the 31-year-old Tukwila man who initiated the fight had outstanding felony warrants for his arrest on robbery and possession of narcotics charges.