A man barricaded himself inside a home with an apparent pipe bomb outside Wednesday in Puyallup, and a woman and child were also inside, police said.
Officers responded to the home about 2:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of Eighth Street Court Southwest, to try to arrest the 25-year-old on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, police spokesman Ryan Portman said.
When they arrived, they found what appeared to be a pipe bomb on the deck.
Police called bomb experts to the scene. They discovered early Thursday that the man was no longer at the home. He has not been located.
Investigators had intermittent communication on the phone with the man as they tried to negotiate, Portman said.
A 3-year-old girl and her mother were inside the home with the man, according to police. They did not know the relationship between the suspect and the mother and child.
Police had no reason to believe the woman or child had been harmed, Portman said. Police did not yet know whether they were being held against their will, he said.
The man has a prior robbery conviction, according to police.
Officers worked to evacuate neighbors from the area, Portman said, and he believed a reverse 911 call went out asking people nearby to shelter in place.
Ninth Street Southwest was closed between 17th Avenue Southwest and 23rd Avenue Southwest as police responded.
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