Man suspected in carjacking after I-5 crash arrested

by: Alison Grande Updated:

William Westmoreland's mug shot from the state Department of Corrections.

EVERETT, Wash. - The felon suspected of carjacking a woman who was with her kids Monday afternoon in Everett was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an hours-long manhunt.

William Westmoreland, a 38-year-old Stanwood native, was wanted by State Patrol troopers after he crashed his speeding motorcycle into a car on southbound Interstate 5.

Katie Baker was driving when she felt the motorcycle slam into the back of her SUV then scrape up the side. The motorcyclist ended up on the ground. She stopped to help him just south of 112th Street in Everett. 

“He gets up and he’s bleeding everywhere,” Baker said. “He’s like I gotta go, I gotta go.’”

Westmoreland tried to carjack the woman’s car with her children inside, but the woman fought him off and Westmoreland fled the scene, troopers said.

He ran across the southbound I-5 lanes into a neighborhood where troopers said Westmoreland carjacked a 72-year-old woman.

“I turned my head and he was at the rear of my car and just jumped in. I went ‘Hey, hey, my car!’” said the woman, who asked to only be identified as Nora.

The woman bought the 2003 Mazda Miata three weeks ago. She was pulling into her driveway Monday afternoon and got out to move her recycling bin. That’s when investigators said Westmoreland carjacked the Miata.

Westmoreland already had a warrant out for his arrest. He has an extensive criminal history.

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