Victim runs after, punches Bellevue thief who stole running car

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Bellevue police said a man whose car was stolen when he left it running fought to get back his vehicle.

Officers said on July 14 around 8:30 p.m., a man left his car running in the 13800 block of Northeast Eighth Street while he ran inside to get his phone.

When he returned, he saw his car being driven away with a man and a woman inside.

The car turned onto westbound Northeast Eighth Street and immediately pulled into a nearby parking lot.

The car owner ran down the street to confront the suspects, entered his car and punched the man who was behind the wheel several times.

The suspect then pulled out a handgun and fired it several times, but the victim was not hit.

The victim quickly got out of the car and ran away.

The stolen car was last seen heading west on Northeast Eighth Street. Officers found it abandoned in the 12500 block of Northeast Sixth Place and discovered a gun in the bushes nearby.

A K-9 unit from Seattle was called to track the suspects. An officer found a suspicious vehicle leaving the area and pulled it over in the 300 block of 116th Avenue Southeast.

The victim identified the suspects in the vehicle as the two who stole his car. A 27-year-old man from Renton and a 28-year-old Burien woman were arrested.