Axe-wielding carjacker arrested in Seattle

SEATTLE — Seattle police arrested a man suspected of taking a car after threatening the driver with an axe, crashing the car and running from officers on Tuesday night.

Just before 8:30 p.m., Seattle police received a 911 call from a woman saying a man tried to carjack her in the 800 block of 34th Avenue.

She told police that man had a hammer and walked up to her window while she sat in the driver’s seat.

She said he told her to get out of the car, but she sped away before calling the police.

About 15 minutes later, another woman called police and said she had been carjacked by a man with a hammer in the 400 block of Lakeside Avenue South.

She said she was parking, when the man tapped on her window with a hammer and told her to get out of the car.

The woman quickly got out of the car and the man sped away in her silver sedan.

At 8:56 p.m., Seattle police received a report of a rollover collision at 38th Avenue South and South Oregon Street.

Responding officers found the rolled stolen silver sedan and began to search for the suspect.

Officers then received three more calls about the man, including another driver who said a man had swung an axe at his car.

Another caller was from a home in the 4600 block of 42nd Avenue South that said a man tried to enter their home.

The third caller said the same man, still holding the axe, had opened their front door and poked his head inside.

When he saw the house was occupied, the man shut the door and left.

Seattle police soon located the man in the 4600 block of 42nd Avenue South, where he tried to run from officers.

He was taken into custody and the axe was recovered.

The 38-year-old man was transported to Harborview Medical Center before being booked into the King County Jail for robbery and felony harassment.

Additional charges for misdemeanor crimes of trespassing and obstruction were requested.