Auburn

WSP: Would-be carjacker foiled by truck's empty fuel tank

AUBURN, Wash. -- A would-be carjacker was arrested early Tuesday when the truck that must have seemed like easy pickings sitting along State Route 18 at 4:30 a.m. turns out to have been there for a reason: it was out of gas, according to the Washington State Patrol.

According to the State Patrol, the truck's owner was sitting inside the truck, having already called a family member for assistance with his empty fuel tank, when 22-year-old Sultan resident Mason Eubanks knocked on the window.

Eubanks threatened to shoot the victim, who got out of the truck and ran off down SR-18, according to the State Patrol. But, as the State Patrol points out, Eubanks' threat was less effective on the truck itself, which sputtered its way for 50 yards before dying for good.

Eubanks got out and started walking after the victim, at which point troopers arrived and arrested him. According to the State Patrol, no weapon was found on Eubanks or in the area of the arrest.

Eubanks, who had been released from Clark County Jail only hours earlier, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and vehicle theft.