Armed suspect flees after punching bus driver

The Kirkland Police Department has released the following press release regarding the Lock Down and Search of Downtown Buildings on September 11th:

Armed suspect flees after punching bus driver.

On September 11th, 2010 at 1231 hours Kirkland Officer’s were dispatched to a report of a King County Metro bus driver having been punched in the 500 BLK of Central Avenue. Officers were directed to the area of the QFC store located in Park Place Center where witnesses reported the adult male suspect had fled to. The suspect was observed by a Kirkland officer. When ordered to stop the subject turned toward the officer. The officer observed the subject was armed with a handgun. The suspect backed away and disappeared amongst nearby buildings. The suspect was last seen entering the lobby of a hotel located in the vicinity. Officers searched the interior. With video provided by management it was determined the suspect had fled out another area of the building. Attempts to locate the male were unsuccessful. Investigation continues in an attempt to identify the subject. The male appeared to be in his mid twenties, about 5’-10” to 6’-00” tall with a slim build and scruffy facial hair.