Just before 10AM on October 16th, our dayshift patrol sergeant spotted a stolen vehicle in the 100 blk Andover Park W. The vehicle had been taken at gunpoint in Snoqualmie on October 14th.
The driver of the stolen vehicle noticed the officer approaching and attempted to flee. Due to the nature of the initial motor vehicle theft, a PIT maneuver was authorized. The sergeant successfully utilized the PIT maneuver to disable the vehicle on the Klickitat on-ramp to I-5. Three adults were detained without incident and a firearm was observed in plain sight in the vehicle. Snoqualmie PD was advised that the vehicle had been recovered and it was impounded for evidence.
Carjackings use to be a rarity. Over the past few months, they have become a daily occurrence in cities across our region. The weekend of October 7th, we had two carjackings and an attempted carjacking in Tukwila. These were part of a larger carjacking spree in the valley the same weekend. This should NOT be the new normal and is completely unacceptable. Terrorizing motorists and their passengers/families by rear ending them then shoving guns in their faces to steal a car is traumatic for the victims and also places the public in danger.
We will use any and all resources at our disposal to identify and arrest those responsible for carjackings and or those operating carjacked vehicles in our city.