Armed carjackers lead police on multi-county chase

Three armed carjackers took several vehicles by force while evading police throughout King, Thurston and Pierce counties on Friday.

The Washington State Patrol said a person was following a company truck to an area where it was abandoned.

Officers went to the area, noted as a “known unsafe area.”

Three people came out of the place where the truck was abandoned and got into a Cadillac Escalade.

As they fled, officers laid down spikes to stop them.

The spikes were evaded and they continued onto State Route 18 and State Route 516.

The Escalade stopped at the end of the ramp from SR 18 to SR 516, where they carjacked a Ford F150.

Officers say the suspects shot through the passenger window of the F150, to force the driver out.

The F150 went east on SR 18, driving around Buckley, Enumclaw and Puyallup.

As officers tracked the truck on an app, the suspects left King County, went south and ended up on State Routes 410 and 167.

They continued on Pacific Highway in Fife, then onto Federal Way.

The F150 got onto Interstate 5 South from SR 18, passing other drivers on both shoulders.

The vehicle exited towards Nisqually and headed away from the freeway.

They abandoned the F150 and carjacked another vehicle, a Silver Nissan Maxima.

The suspects went three miles east on Pacific Highway and abandoned the Maxima at Pacific Highway and Reservation Road.

The suspects, all armed, fled on foot.

The driver is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic man with a full beard and turban; a blue-and-white, button-up short-sleeve shirt; and was armed with a handgun.

The second suspect is described as a light-skinned man with prescription glasses and a black hoodie.

The third suspect is described as a light-skinned person of unknown gender with long dark hair.