A team of suspected car prowlers fled from police Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, after they were seen breaking into vehicles in the streets around Eastlake.
The manhunt fanned out across the neighborhood after the duo fled the 2800 block of Franklin where the two were allegedly breaking into cars around 6 a.m. A neighborhood resident saw the pair, yelled at them and then called police. Four cars were broken in to.
The suspects smashed into a SPD cruiser in the stolen BMW they were driving before ditching the car at Yale and Edgar and attempting to flee pursuing officers on foot on Fairview.
According to an SPD officer at the scene, police nearly took the male suspect into custody but he was able to escape an officer’s grasp by wriggling out of his shirt and continuing to run. SPD radio said a female suspect wearing a grey or light colored hoodie was also seen fleeing the area on foot.
The shirtless suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 6-foot tall, with long black hair pulled back and a mustache and a goatee.
Thanks to Justin at CapitolHillSeattle.com for extensive help with this report.