Carjacker foiled by seatbelt, scared by horn, caught by dog

He was trying to steal a car for the second time that night. It didn’t go well.

EDMONDS — A police dog helped track a Mountlake Terrace man suspected of an attempted carjacking Sunday night.

A couple in the 1000 block of Maple Street was told by the 31-year-old man that he would shoot them unless they gave him their vehicle, Edmonds police said.

The suspect then reportedly tried to pull the 82-year-old driver out of the car, but couldn’t because the victim was wearing a seatbelt.

Failing that, the suspect moved his hand toward his pocket, according to a police report. Fearing that the suspect might pull out a weapon, the driver honked his horn until the suspect ran away and fled in a white sedan.

Officers found the sedan just one street over and began a search of the area. The man was found hiding in the woods by the dog, named Hobbs, in the 1000 block of Cedar Street.

After police detained him, the suspect allegedly yelled at the police and called them racial slurs. He also attempted to “mule-style kick” at one of the officers, documents say.

The man stole the car he was driving earlier the same night, according to the Seattle Police Department. At a gas station on the 10500 block of Aurora Avenue North, the suspect demanded a man hand over his keys. The victim obliged and the suspect drove off.

Using video from the Seattle carjacking, Edmonds police said they believe the same man is involved in both cases.

The man had to be treated at a hospital for his encounter with the dog. Afterward, he was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of robbery, assault and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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