Police: Wild chase, arrest after carjacker beats up woman, 84

Police: Wild chase, arrest after carjacker beats up woman, 84
Photo courtesy: Thurston County Sheriff's Office
YELM, Wash. -- A man was Tased and arrested after after a wild crime spree that included a carjacking, a police chase, and further attempted carjackings of two elderly drivers in separate incidents during the melee.

Thurston County Sheriff's deputies say it all began around 9 a.m. Monday when the man tried to steal the car of an 84-year-old woman outside a bowling alley on Yelm Avenue. When the woman wouldn't give up the keys, the man began attacking the woman.

As nearby witnesses came to the woman's aid, the man fought with them, then jumped into the truck of one of the Good Samaritans and drove off, deputies said.

Deputies arrived and notified other deputies to the stolen truck, which was spotted some time later by a Lacey police officer. He gave a brief chase but lost the truck near a gas station.

Investigators say the carjacker went off and on I-5 and then headed north into Thurston County when it was spotted again in Olympia. A Thurston County detective was able to catch up and perform a pivoting maneuver to stop the truck. The carjacker then backed up into the detective's car and ran off on foot at 26th Ave NE and NE Friendly Grove.

The man attempted to carjack another elderly driver when the detective caught up and Tasered the man, eventually arresting him, investigators said. The suspect was then taken to St. Peter's Hospital for an evaluation and will be booked into the Thurston County Jail.

Investigators say the elderly woman who was beaten outside the bowling alley was also taken to St. Peter's Hospital for treatment of multiple bruises.

The suspect's name has not been released but detectives said the man is well known to local law enforcement.