Capitol Hill Carjacking Ends in Crash Downtown

Officers arrested a 39-year-old man after he carjacked a motorist in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, drove downtown, struck a person attending a demonstration and crashed into a fire hydrant.

Around 8:15 PM, a man called police and reported he’d been carjacked at 11 Avenue and East Pike Street. 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.

Officers began searching for the suspect when they received reports that the victim’s car had just been involved in a crash Downtown. Witnesses said the suspect drove through a crowd of protesters, striking at least one person. They said the suspect continued on and struck multiple vehicles before coming to a stop on a fire hydrant a few blocks away.

Officers found the suspect, who had attempted to hide in a nearby bar. The person struck by the suspect declined to participate in the investigation.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for robbery and continue to investigate the collisions.