If you heard lots of sirens and a helicopter over downtown Snoqualmie on Thursday, April 6, 2017, it was in response to an attempted car jacking incident.
According to a Snoqualmie Police Department press release, at 6PM officers responded to an attempted carjacking in the 9000 block of Meadowbrook Way SE.
An adult female parked her truck at Sno Falls Credit Union, at Meadowbrook Way SE and Railroad Ave/State Route 202, leaving it unlocked with the keys in the ignition. An adult male entered the vehicle and began to back out of the parking stall. The owner of the truck saw the man, ran back to her truck, and pulled the man from her vehicle.
According to police, the male suspect did not fight and asked that she not call the police. He then fled on foot.
An hour-long search ensued as the suspect was chased while running through downtown Snoqualmie neighborhoods. King County Deputies assisted Snoqualmie police officers at times, chasing the suspect through backyards and streets.
King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Guardian One helicopter was requested and located the suspect.
With Guardian 1 assistance, an SPD officer located the suspect near Riverview Park, adjacent the Snoqualmie River. The suspect jumped into the river, but later succumbed to officers waiting on the river bank.
SPD said the suspect was assessed for injuries and exposure to cold water and then the male from Monroe was taken to King County jail on attempted auto theft charges.
Video of the pursuit was posted to YouTube by the King County Sheriff’s Office: