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Police Arrest Man, Recover Rifle, Stolen Car in West Seattle

Police arrested a man in possession of a rifle and a stolen car in the Riverview neighborhood on Wednesday, after a 911 caller reported he was asleep at the wheel of a vehicle on a walking trail.

Just after 3:00 p.m., a park goer reported a man asleep in a red pickup truck parked on a footpath in the greenbelt area of Riverview Park. When responding officers contacted the man, he fled on foot into the woods. Police quickly discovered the truck had been registered stolen earlier this week in North Seattle, and spotted a rifle in the backseat.

With the help of King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One, SPD officers on the ground found the suspect hiding in the greenbelt and arrested him.

Police transported the 26-year-old man to King County Jail to book him for possession of a stolen car and unlawful possession of a firearm. It appears part of the rifle was still being constructed. Nevertheless, the suspect is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. However, during the booking process at KCJ, the suspect deliberately punched a concrete pillar, causing injuries which required treatment at Harborview Medical Center. Officers plan to book the man into jail when he is medically cleared at the hospital.