Man arrested after Tuesday afternoon rock-throwing incident

SEATTLE — A man under investigation for throwing rocks at four cars on the freeway on Tuesday is being held in jail on a $500,000 bail.

State troopers arrested Abdinasir Ali Audeer after two victims stopped their vehicle on Interstate 90 near the Interstate 5 interchange and chased him.

According to court documents, witnesses saw him pulling items out of his backpack to throw at cars.

Sixteen people called 911, and four vehicles were hit.

It was familiar to Adrienne Crawford, who was hit by a rock at nearly the same place Sunday night.

“We thought it was an explosion,” she said.

Crawford was riding home in the passenger seat when someone dropped a rock from an overpass onto the windshield.

Suddenly covered in glass, she couldn’t feel her arm.

“The whole left side of my head had just exploding pain,” she said.

On Tuesday morning, a rock hit a Mercer Island Fire Department aid car, scuffing the vehicle’s suspension.

The Washington State Patrol stated there have been 207 reports of objects thrown at cars in King County this year.

On Thursday, the Washington State Department of Transportation stated it will clear a homeless camp near the I-5/I-90 interchange, citing the public safety threat after rock-throwing incidents originated near the camp.

WSDOT stated it may clear another encampment near I-90 and Rainier Avenue next week.