Police say the suspect in a Thursday night Capitol Hill carjacking sped through a crowd of Black Lives Matters marchers before crashing and being taken into custody in South Lake Union.
According to East Precinct radio reports, the incident began around 8:15 PM with a reported fight near 11th and Pike and the theft of a Honda Accord last seen speeding westbound off the Hill. UPDATE: Police say the incident began as a fight over a thrown bottle:
The victim said the suspect had thrown a bottle at his car, leading the victim to pull over, get out of his vehicle and confront the suspect. The suspect then assaulted the victim and sped away in the car.
Police say the suspect later drove through the crowd of marchers marking 300 days of Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle. We do not have reports of injured among the marchers.
UPDATE: “Witnesses said the suspect drove through a crowd of protesters, striking at least one person,” SPD reports. “They said the suspect continued on and struck multiple vehicles before coming to a stop on a fire hydrant a few blocks away.”
“The person struck by the suspect declined to participate in the investigation,” the SPD brief on the incident reads.
The car was reported crashed at Westlake Ave N and Thomas St just before 9 PM.
Police say officers found the suspect attempting to hide in a nearby bar. The 39-year-old was booked into King County Jail for robbery and continue to investigate the collisions.
It’s not clear what if any connection the auto theft had to the night’s protest march. The group was not in the area when the reported carjacking took place.
Officers clearing the scene of a collision at Westlake Ave N and Thomas Street. Driver of the black Honda is in custody after carjacking a victim in #CapitolHill, crashing into multiple other cars, and reportedly driving through a group of marchers #downtown. pic.twitter.com/nbcmFJguxK
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 26, 2021
Seattle Fire crews were called to 11th and Pike to treat one person injured during the fight and reported carjacking. SFD also responded to reported injuries at the crash scene after the suspect smashed into a hydrant.
The 300 Day march began earlier in the night on Capitol Hill before marching through downtown and back to Pike/Pine to end the night.
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