Police: Man steals car at gunpoint, crashes into deputies near Bothell

An Audi mobile app helped deputies to track down the suspect, who caused two collisions with Snohomish County patrol cars, police said.


BOTHELL — A Seattle man’s bail was set at $130,000 Monday after he used a car he stole at gunpoint to crash into Snohomish County patrol cars, police said.

Just after 5:45 p.m. Friday, a man and his dog Mozzie were parked between Dairy Queen and Dollar Tree in the 20600 block of Bothell-Everett Highway, according to a police report. He was waiting for his wife who was shopping in a nearby grocery store.

Meanwhile, another man walked around the man’s maroon Audi A4. He appeared to be “casing the vehicle,” the driver later told investigators. The man, later identified as a 24-year-old from Seattle, opened the driver’s door pointing a black handgun at the car owner. He allegedly told the driver he’d kill him. In fear for his life, the driver got out of the Audi, leaving behind the dog, according to police.

As deputies got to the scene, the car owner was able to track his car on the Audi mobile app. Using this information, deputies reportedly located the vehicle about 2 miles north of the parking lot. Moments later, the app notified the car owner the vehicle had been in a crash.

The Seattle man side-swiped a deputy in an unmarked patrol car after driving through a yard on 13th Drive SE, leaving the deputy’s car “non-operational,” police said.

Soon after, Snohomish County sheriff’s Sgt. William Ter-Veen was tracking the stolen car with his lights and sirens on when the northbound suspect drove straight at him on 13th Dr SE, according to the police report. The Seattle man reportedly drove into the front of Ter-Veen’s marked patrol car, flipping over and hitting a parked Honda Civic.

Ter-Veen and the deputy reported they weren’t injured in the crashes. The dog was also fine, according to court papers.

Arriving at the scene with authorities, the Audi owner “immediately identified” the Seattle man as the one who had taken his vehicle, a sheriff’s deputy wrote in his report.

Deputies arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He also had warrants out of Seattle for possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanor assault, according to police.

The suspect was charged in King County in 2021 with a car-jacking that included multiple defendants. The case was dismissed three months later when prosecutors lost confidence in their ability to convict him, “based on new information.”

The Seattle man was examined at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett before law enforcement booked him into jail.

Prosecutors asked for $200,000 bail. Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set the amount at $100,000, with additional bail in the other cases. On Tuesday, the man remained in the Snohomish County Jail.

Maya Tizon: 425-339-3434; maya.tizon@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @mayatizon.

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