Seattle police arrest man suspected of car-jacking, hitting patrol car, and ‘series of burglaries’

Sep 10, 2021, 3:42 PM
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An SPD vehicle sideswiped by a suspected car-jacker. (SPD Blotter)
(SPD Blotter)

Seattle police officers arrested a man early Friday morning, suspected of car-jacking a semi-truck driver in Tukwila, and then side-swiping an SPD vehicle on I-5 before committing “a series of burglaries and robberies.”

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The suspect was said to have struck an SPD patrol car with the stolen semi-truck around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police later found the semi-truck abandoned in the carpool lane near the I-90/I-5 interchange, with blood on the door handle and a gun and knife on the floor.

A state trooper then spotted a man running on the freeway without shoes, matching the description of the suspect in the car-jacking. The suspect then allegedly made his way to the First Hill neighborhood, entering an apartment building after shattering the glass door with a rock, and attempting to take a nearby man’s cellphone. After moving to the second floor of the building, he was said to have broken down an apartment door, before breaking a “large window” with a rock.

A person inside the apartment grabbed the suspect to keep him from jumping out of the window, and escorted him back out into the hallway after a physical altercation brought on by an attempt to steal the resident’s laptop. Officers apprehended the suspect on the first floor of the building.

Police say he “appeared to be in a state of crisis,” and sent him to Harborview Medical Center to get treatment for cuts “and other injuries sustained during the duration of the incident,” as well as to receive a DUI blood draw.

The man was booked into King County jail under suspicion of burglary, robbery, and malicious mischief.

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Seattle police arrest man suspected of car-jacking, hitting patrol car, and ‘series of burglaries’