At 8:34 a.m. Jan. 10, Renton Police were dispatched to reports of an armed carjacking of a Dodge Charger at The Landing in Renton.
Suspects reportedly arrived at the scene in a stolen Hyundai Elantra, then fled north toward Bellevue in both vehicles.
Bellevue Police Department received reports of the fleeing suspects entering the Phantom Lake area.
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 boy, 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 Boulevard, where two of three suspects fled into the woods in the Coal Creek Trail system after the vehicle had blown tires in the attempt to flee from police. 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 reportedly warned twice to give up. They eventually surrendered without incident. There were no injuries to the officers or the suspects.
Bellevue police arrested a 12-year-old boy and three 14-year-old boys and recovered two vehicles in total following the armed carjacking in Renton.