Man holds up 4 businesses and carjacks 3 vehicles in less than an hour before being killed by policeBy Mason White 2:47 PM December 8, 2015
|Police shooting the suspect|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) Police said that they shot and killed a man after going on a one hour crime spree, including holding up 4 shops and carjacking three vehicles, police in Washington said.
Seattle Police Department investigators are piecing together the trail of the 35-year-old violent felon after he brandished two handguns at several downtown businesses on Sunday, carjacked three vehicles and fired on officers before a fatal confrontation with police.
Detectives from the department’s Force Investigation Team and Investigations Bureau are reviewing the incident and have compiled a preliminary timeline of the man’s crime spree.
Police received their first call about the suspect from staff at the Storyville Coffee shop in the 90 block of Pike Street around 12:35 P.M.
The suspect entered the store, visibly sweating and acting nervously. He began manipulating a handgun in his pocket, leading employees to call 911.
The suspect exited the shop before police arrived, and was next seen at the Turkish Delight restaurant in the 1900 block of Pike Place, a few minutes later.
There, he spoke briefly with employees before he brandished a handgun at the restaurant’s owner and fled.
The man then entered the Quicksilver shop in the 2000 block of 1st Avenue, and ran to the back of the store, where an employee confronted him.
Again, the suspect flashed a handgun at an employee and fled the store to the Under the Needle tattoo shop in the 2100 block of 2nd Avenue.
The suspect brandished two handguns at employees and demanded to be directed to the back door of the business.
He then fled into an alley behind the tattoo shop, where he ordered the driver of a red Volkswagen Golf out of his vehicle at gunpoint.
The suspect drove the Volkswagen to the UW Athletic Center in the 3800 block of Montlake Boulevard NE, arriving around 1:25 P.M.
He confronted a man in the lobby of the center, and forced him to relinquish his red minivan.
The suspect headed north to a Shell gas station in the 800 block of NE 65th Street, where he attempted to steal a woman’s Mercedes at gunpoint.
The woman ran from the suspect, who again fled in the red minivan.
He then drove to a car rental lot in the 5700 block of Roosevelt Way NE, where he stole a Chevy Camaro from two employees at gunpoint.
At this point, officers were able to locate the suspect driving the Camaro, and began pursuing him through Northeast Seattle.
After following the suspect as he drove northbound on a southbound-only section of Roosevelt Way NE, one officer attempted to disable the suspect’s vehicle by ramming it near Roosevelt and NE 45th Street.
Dashcam video of the jarring collision shows an officer slamming his patrol car into the suspect’s vehicle, crushing the patrol car’s front end and pushing the Camaro into the intersection.
Although the force of the crash disabled the officer’s patrol car, he can be seen on video exiting his vehicle and attempting to chase after the suspect’s stolen Camaro on foot as it sped away.
As the chase continued through North Seattle, the suspect fired on pursuing officers.
The pursuit ended in the Wedgwood neighborhood, where officers collided head-on with the suspect’s Camaro at NE 68th Street and 35th Avenue NE.
An uninvolved motorist’s SUV was also struck during the incident. The SUV’s female driver was able to flee to safety as police took up positions behind their patrol cars.
The suspect pointed his gun at officers and began maneuvering the Camaro towards police, who opened fire, killing him.