Contact: Lieutenant John Haslip
Kirkland Police Department
KIRKLAND, Wash. – On August 23 at 9:51 a.m., Kirkland police officers responded to a carjacking in the Peter Kirk Municipal Parking Garage at 308 Kirkland Avenue.
A woman in her 70’s had just entered her car when a group of four teenagers approached. The woman exited her car to see if the group needed help, leaving her wallet and purse in the car. The group attacked the woman, throwing her to the ground several times before fleeing in her vehicle. The woman was treated by the Kirkland Fire Department for various abrasions and bruising. Kirkland detectives immediately began investigating the incident.
On the morning of August 24, Kirkland detectives received information that the victim’s stolen vehicle had just been used in a felony shoplift in Issaquah in which four to five suspects fled the Best Buy electronics store with a large quantity of stolen merchandise. Issaquah Police Detectives responded to investigate the incident and began an area search for the stolen vehicle. Troopers with the Washington State Patrol located the unoccupied vehicle in a retail area near a pawnshop in Renton. The suspects had just finished successfully pawning the stolen electronics when they spotted the police and fled on foot. Numerous officers from the Renton and Bellevue Police Departments responded and were able to quickly locate and arrest the four female and one male juvenile suspects.
Kirkland Police Department detectives interviewed the five suspects. The four juvenile females admitted their involvement in the Kirkland carjacking and using the woman’s stolen credit cards. All five juveniles admitted to the felony theft from the Issaquah Best Buy and to selling the stolen electronics at the Renton pawnshop.
The suspects face numerous possible felony charges to include: Robbery 1st Degree, Theft 1st Degree and Trafficking in Stolen Property charges.
The Kirkland Police wish to express their deep gratitude to the numerous police agencies who helped put an end to this crime spree, preventing additional victimization.
Please contact Kirkland Police Lieutenant John Haslip for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 576-3424.