Cops say he pulled a knife on a bus driver, broke into a home, stole a car from a dealership, crashed it into a house
December 13, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Seattle Police say a 27-year old man from Orting, Washington was seriously injured Monday in the city's University District after he ended his alleged "40 minute-long crime spree by crashing a stolen car into a house," said an SPD statement.
Cops say the caper, replete with numerous instances of inappropriate behavior, began around 4:20 pm when the Washington State Patrol got a report of a guy armed with a knife threatening a bus driver at Interstate 5 and Northeast 65th Street. Things went downhill from there.
Then about 20 minutes later, police say same guy was spotted breaking into a home in the 4700 block of 11th Avenue Northeast. Then later he walked into a car dealership on the same block and sped away in a stolen vehicle.
But that's not all. Police say 5 minutes after the car heist, around 5:00 pm the alleged perp, driving the stolen rig, crashed into several parked vehicles in the 5300 block of 9th Avenue Northeast and then crashed that car into a house, driving underneath a porch, smashing a hole in the wall of the home and damaging a gas line.
Luckily, nobody in the house got hurt. Police and firefighters worked to evacuate nearby homes, shut off the gas in the area and "extract the suspect from the vehicle under the house," said police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee who continues to have one of the longest names (at 19 letters and one hyphen) of any police spokesman in the continental United States.
The suspect, who was carrying a sheathed knife on his waistband when he was pulled from the vehicle, was transported to Harborview with life-threatening injuries.
Nobody seems to know why that odd chain events happened. Police continue to investigate the incident, as they should.