Bellevue police arrested a 13-year-old and three 15-year-old males and recovered two vehicles following an armed carjacking in Renton. A Seattle police captain notified Bellevue police at about 9:30 am that they were following a stolen car in the Phantom Lake area of Bellevue. The SPD captain attempted to stop the vehicle, and when the driver refused to stop, they did not pursue it.
As Bellevue officers were responding to assist, they located the stolen Hyundai Elantra, which had been abandoned. Moments later, a resident called, reporting a suspicious person in their backyard. Officers contacted the suspect, a 12-year-old male, and determined he was connected to the stolen car and arrested him.
Other officers on scene noticed another vehicle, a Dodge Charger, that had been involved in an armed carjacking in Renton earlier in the morning. There were three 14-year-old suspects inside. Officers attempted to stop that car, but that driver fled. The officer pursued the vehicle because the driver was suspected of having been involved in a violent felony.
The driver drove through Bellevue to West Lake Sammamish Parkway and eventually up Lakemont Blvd., where two of three suspects fled into the woods in the Coal Creek Trail system. One of the suspects remained in the car and was immediately arrested. The other two ran and attempted to hide in the woods.
King County’s Guardian One helicopter assisted Bellevue Police in following the suspects during the pursuit and as they fled onto the Coal Creek Trail.
Once enough officers arrived to secure the scene, the suspects were warned twice to give up. They eventually surrendered without incident. There were no injuries to the officers or the suspects.
For information about the armed carjacking, please contact the Renton Police Department.
We appreciate the support of the King County Sheriff’s Department’s Guardian One, Seattle Police, Issaquah Police and the Washington State Patrol.
Case # 23-1717