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Barefoot Felon Ditches Stolen Car, Gun at McDonald’s, Leads Police On Chase

Despite his lack of shoes and shirt, a felon still received high-quality service from Seattle police after he ditched a gun and stolen car at a McDonald’s and led officers on a foot chase Wednesday evening in West Seattle.

Officers Brian Sutphin and Sean Moore were on patrol near Westwood Village at about 5:30 PM when they spotted a stolen Acura pulling into the drive-thru of a McDonald’s.

When police boxed in the Acura and turned on their lights, the driver jumped out of the car and took off running across the parking lot, shedding his shirt in the process.

The suspect also lost both of his shoes as he sprinted away from officers, but continued on across SW Barton Street, through traffic and into the path of a bus. Drivers were able to avoid hitting the suspect, who dashed past the Roxhill Skate Park, and hopped a fence into the yard of a home in the 9200 block of 29th Ave SW.

The suspect tried to hide in some foliage behind the house, but officers quickly spotted the man and ordered him to surrender. Instead, he bolted and ran out of the yard, only to turn a corner into the path of an officer, who took the suspect into custody.

Back at the McDonald’s officers searched the suspect’s Acura—reportedly stolen in Bellevue—and found a handgun stashed in a compartment in the driver’s side door.

Officers impounded the car and the gun and transported the suspect to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of gashes on his feet, which he’d sustained during his unshod escape attempt.

Police later booked the suspect—who is a convicted felon, unable to legally possess a firearm—into the King County Jail for auto theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.