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Police: Capitol Hill carjacking suspect busted after speeding through marchers, crashing in South Lake Union — UPDATE

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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.

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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16 days ago

I do not get the purpose of this quote: “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.”

There was no connection. The stolen car drove in and out of the car barricade of the protest not because it was aware that it was a protest, but it was driving erratically.

CD Neighbor
CD Neighbor
14 days ago
Reply to  Molly

The car didn’t drive anywhere…. we’re not quite to the point where we can expect a car might carjack itself…..the person who had stolen the car was driving erratically…..