Saturday Night Carjacking Incident Sounds Like it’s from an Action Movie
On Saturday night (Feb. 18) around 7:18 p.m., police received a 911 call about a person with a gun in the area of the 500 block of South 150 Street in Burien (map below).
It all sounds like a scene from an action film:
- Armed guy tries to carjack car, fails, then jumps in the back of a pickup truck.
- Bad guy pounds on the roof of the truck, flashes his gun.
- Driver tries to make bad guy fall out of his truck by swerving and slamming on the brakes before finally ramming into a light pole.
- Cop responding to 911 call witnesses the collision.
Here are the full details, according to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office:
A deputy was traveling southbound on Des Moines Memorial Drive South area checking for the reported suspect with the gun. As the deputy was traveling southbound he saw a vehicle traveling towards him at an estimated speed of about 60 mph. He saw the front of the vehicle dip a couple of times indicating to him that the driver was braking, causing the front of the vehicle to dip. He then saw the vehicle aggressively swerve from the northbound lane of travel into the southbound lane. The vehicle continued traveling towards the deputy, and he swerved into the northbound lane and the truck again swerved sharply off the shoulder of the road and started traveling straight towards a light pole. The truck suddenly accelerated and collided with the light pole.
The driver of the vehicle jumped out of the truck with his hands raised and told the deputies that a guy in the back of his truck had a gun. He also told deputies that his girlfriend was still in the truck. Deputies found the suspect in the back of the truck injured and found the victim’s girlfriend in the front of the truck. Deputies recovered a weapon at the scene and the suspect was arrested and taken by ambulance to Harborview for treatment.
The victim told deputies that he had stopped at the intersection of South 152 Street and 8th Ave South behind a Honda. He saw a suspect trying to get into the Honda. Victim said he locked the doors to the truck and tried to get around the suspect but the suspect jumped in the back of the truck and started pounding on the roof and rear window of the truck yelling “faster, faster.” The victim turned around and saw that the suspect had a gun pointed directly at him. The victim said after the suspect jumped in the back of his truck with the gun he was scared for his life so he started speeding away and tried several maneuvers to get the suspect out of the truck before colliding with the pole.
Suspect is a 42-year old male from the Burien area.