Police Searching for Cab Stolen In University District Carjacking

Police are searching for a white and green taxicab–and the man who stole it–following a carjacking in the University District Wednesday night.

An unidentified man hailed a Stita Taxi Company Prius at the Space Needle and then asked the driver to take him to the University District.

After arriving in the U-District, the suspect repeatedly changed his requested drop-off location, until he finally asked the driver to pull over near Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast around 8:30 PM.

There, the suspect reached into the front seat and wrapped his arms around the driver’s neck. He then told the driver he had a gun and threatened to kill him.

The driver broke free of the suspect’s grasp and ran from the car, leading the suspect to climb into the front seat of the cab and speed away.

Officers searched the area for the taxi but were unable to find it.  SPD Robbery Unit detectives are investigating.