Update 11 p.m.: According to the scanner, the K-9 unit thinks the suspects ran across Aurora, so they are calling off the K-9 search.
Update 10:55 p.m.: We just spoke with Officer Mark Jamieson, who says this all started with a suspected car prowl near 59th and Evanston. Then it appeared the suspects climbed the fence to get into the zoo.
Officer Jamieson says police are working with staff inside the zoo to search with a K-9. He says other zoo staff on night duty have most likely been told to stay inside their buildings or offices.
“Certainly if we’re doing a canine search, it’s probably best to stay put. We’re working with someone from the zoo; they’re walking with us and giving us access,” he said. “We’re not going into any animal cages.”
By the way, Fremont Universe just reported Friday on several car prowls that have happened recently in the Woodland Park area.
Earlier: If you’ve heard the sirens in south Phinney around 10 p.m. Friday night, tipster Silver tells us it’s because Seattle Police are looking for two men and a woman who may have gotten into the Woodland Park Zoo. It’s unclear why police were originally looking for the three, but SPD was beginning a K-9 search at 59th and Evanston, when zoo security reported seeing flashlights near the gorilla cages. King County’s Guardian One helicopter briefly helped in the search.
Silver is posting continual updates from the police scanner in the My Ballard forum.