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Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspect Connected to Collision That Seriously Injured One in Lake City

A 19-year-old man was arrested for an armed kidnapping after he fled from the scene of an injury collision in Lake City Tuesday night.

Starting at 5:57 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call of a robbery in the 10200 block of 15th Avenue Northeast. Officers contacted the female victim who stated three males approached her and grabbed her purse and backpack. The suspects fled the scene in a black sedan.

Shortly after the reported robbery, dispatch received reports of a two-car collision near the intersection of Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 115th Street. Witnesses stated the vehicles were racing and after the collision both drivers along with several passengers fled the scene. Officers arrived and located two vehicles pinned against a tree in the median. One remaining passenger was located inside a vehicle with serious injuries. Seattle Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the injured passenger to Harborview Medical Center in serious but stable condition. Both vehicles were reported stolen. Detectives assigned to Traffic Collision Investigation Squad responded to the scene.

At 6:36 p.m., officers responded to carjacking turned abduction near the scene of the collision. Police contacted the caller who stated his friend was driving in the area when a male jumped into the passenger seat of his vehicle, held a gun to his head and demanded he drive away. Police were able to track and locate the vehicle. The suspect forced the victim to speed away from officers, but after a brief pursuit, the vehicle slowed, and the victim jumped out of the moving vehicle. The vehicle stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 163rd Street in Shoreline. The suspect got in the driver’s seat and tried to drive away but couldn’t. The suspect then fled on foot but was caught and arrested.

Robbery detectives were able to confirm all the incidents were related and connected the suspect to each of them.

The suspect will be booked into King County Jail for multiple felony offenses.

Detectives continue to look for the remaining suspects, as well as all the occupants of the involved vehicles.

If anyone has information about this incident, please call SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.