Man Steals Occupied Car, Passenger Later Found Safe

A 33-year-old developmentally delayed man named William has been found safe and unharmed after the car he was in was carjacked in the International District Friday night.

At approximately 6:45 pm, a carjacking occurred at Maynard Avenue South and South King Street.  William’s mother had parked the car and got out to pay for parking while William remained in the passenger seat.  While she was out of the car, the unknown male suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove off eastbound.  911 was called and officers responded quickly to the scene.  Officers conducted an area search for the vehicle, described as a silver, 2012 BMW 328i hardtop convertible, Washington license plate AXL6052.  Information about the stolen vehicle and William’s description and photograph were sent out to the public via the SPD Twitter feed.

At approximately 7:45 pm, a Seattle Police officer believed he observed the stolen vehicle travelling southbound on Interstate 5 near Interurban Avenue South.  The officer was involved in a roll0ver collision with another vehicle on the freeway.  Fortunately, there were no serious injuries sustained, but the officer was transported the hospital for minor injuries and as a precaution.  The Washington State Patrol is handling that collision investigation on I-5.

Shortly after 9:00 pm, William was observed in Pioneer Square by an alert individual who recognized him from the SPD tweet.  911 was contacted and officers confirmed that William was unharmed.  He was reunited with his family.  Detectives are attempting to determine when and how William got out of the vehicle. The BMW is still listed as a stolen vehicle at this time.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

Suspect Arrested on Drug Charges After Foot Pursuit Near Northgate

North Precinct officers arrested a 36-year-old man early this morning in the Northgate neighborhood following a foot pursuit.  He was later booked into jail for felony drugs.

Just before 1:00 am, an officer was flagged down about a robbery at gunpoint that had just occurred in the 11700 block of Pinehurst Way NE.  The victim reported that the suspect, described as a Pacific Islander male,  fled in a dark blue SUV on 15th Avenue NE.   Officers recognized the description of the suspect and vehicle as someone they had recently contacted.  Officers relocated to the suspect’s nearby address and observed the described suspect vehicle.  The suspect was seen crawling through the parking lot in an attempt to avoid officers.  Officers ordered the suspect to stop, but he immediately fled on foot.  During the foot pursuit, the suspect threw a bag containing a large baggie of methamphetamine inside.  Officers located the male attempting to hide behind a fence a block and a half away and was taken into custody by pursuing officers.

During the foot pursuit the original robbery victim left the area.  The suspect’s vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.  The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail.

Gang Detectives Investigating Overnight Shooting in Central District

SPD Gang Unit detectives are investigating after a 38-year-old man showed up at a First Hill hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after 1:00 am Wednesday 911 began receiving calls of “shots fired” in the 100 block of 25th Avenue South.  East Precinct patrol officers arrived and located several shell casings in the street, but did not locate any victims or witnesses to the shooting.  As the scene was being processed, the 38-year-old male victim arrived at Swedish Hospital with one gunshot wound to each arm.  The injuries are considered non life-threatening.  The victim declined to provide patrol officers or detectives with information about the incident.  Gang Unit detectives continue to investigate.

One Man Shot Following Tenant Dispute at Wallingford Rooming House

A tenant in a Wallingford rooming house was shot and wounded by another tenant, after he reportedly chased after a third tenant while armed with a knife.

While investigators are still on scene gathering details, it appears the incident unfolded shortly after 4:15 PM Tuesday in the 1900 block of North 46th Street when two tenants, who live in separate apartment units, became embroiled in a dispute. One of the three tenants in the home reportedly armed himself with a knife and chased after another tenant. The second tenant went to third tenant for help. The third tenant, who saw the suspect was armed with a knife, armed himself with a handgun and shot the first tenant.

Police have previously responded to the home regarding disputes between tenants.

The man shot in the incident was taken to Harborview with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators are still questioning the other tenants and gathering details at the scene.

Man Arrested After Stealing Yacht, Ramming Other Boats in Chandler’s Cove

A man is in custody following a bizarre incident early Tuesday morning involving the theft of an 80′ yacht and damage of several other vessels in South Lake Union.

Around 4:30 am, police responded to a reported theft of the boat from it’s moorage in Chandler’s Cove.  The suspect, an adult male, managed to start the boat and then proceeded to ram other vessels nearby as he attempted to turn the boat around.  The man then jumped into Lake Union where patrol officers were able to retrieve him from the water around 4:45 am.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation and will be booked into the King County Jail once he is medically cleared.

The damage to property is still being assessed and detectives will handle the follow up investigation.  This remains an active and on-going investigation.