Attempted Carjacking on Mercer Island, Say Police

Mercer Island Police say two African American men driving a stolen SUV on Mercer Island yesterday evening tried to hijack a car at gunpoint at around 7:30 pm on the 5000 block of 84th AVE SE.

The Mercer Island Police are reporting an attempted carjacking and vehicular assualt occured last night on Mercer Island.

This is a Mercer Island Patch Breaking News Alert.

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Mercer Island Police Commander Lesile Burns stated in a press release that officers were dispatched at 5:36 p.m. on Monday night to check reports of a older SUV-type vehicle driving recklessly in the southbond lanes on the 4300 block of Island Crest Way.

The description of the vehicle matched a 1998 silver Infiniti QX4 that was reportedly stolen during an armed robbery in Seattle. MIPD officers were unable to locate the SUV.

About an hour later, police responded at 6:21 p.m. to investigate a hit-and-run on the 3200 block of 74th Ave. Southeast. After some initial investigation, officers determined the call was actually a vehicular assault.  

The victim said a possibly gold colored, early 90's Infiniti SUV occupied by two black males, both in their late teens-early 20's, crashed into the victim's vehicle several times before driving off. 

The eyewitness to the alleged assault described two men in the SUV. The driver had darker skin than the suspect passenger, was approx. 6'1", with a thick build, wearing a red jersey type shirt and possibly a red baseball cap. The passenger who was sitting in the car was described as a lighter skinned African American, with afro-type black curly hair.

The SUV was gone when the officers arrived and police were later unable to locate them, but victim was able to get the first part of the license plate as "507".

Then at 7:28 p.m., police responded to reports of a carjacking in progress in the 5000 block of 84th Ave Southeast.

The victim said two lighter skin African-American men, between the ages of 20-25 years old, had approached his car and one of the men pointed some sort of firearm or pistol at the man's face. The other man got into the victim's car and attempted to take it, but reportedly didn't know how to drive a stick shift. Instead of taking his car, the man took the victim's laptop and laptop bag from his backseat and they both got back into their car and drove away back towards West Mercer Way.

The victim described the driver as approx. 6'0" and 190 lbs. and was the one who pointed a gun in his face. The passenger was approx. 5'8" and 160 lbs. and had a Jeri curl/afro-type hair style.

Mercer Island Police say no further information at this time, and the cases are still under investigation.

(Ed. Note: If more information becomes available, this story will be updated.)

Teller of Truth (The real one that is!) October 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I just re-read the article and apologize as I realize these were Africa Americans. lol
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Ken Urman, Real Estate Broker October 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
When I read these reports I often wonder if MI Police resources are being best used to protect citizens. As an example; having police cars hidden on South End streets clandestinely waiting to catch someone going a few miles over the speed limit may not be a good use of this resource. I would prefer officers on patrol, particularly in locations where cars come on and off the Island. The fact that these felons spent a few hours doing so much crime concerns me. Where was the MI Police?
T. October 18, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I definitely agree with Mr Urnan. I still remember (who can't help but) the MI police unconscionable poor investigative work behind the murder of the mother of three children by her husband on MI, several years ago. I myself walked an officer to the actual spot (because it would be hard to find) where a drug/alcohol den had been established. I found it while hiking off trail on MI, @ believe me the area was significant. An actual year went by, & I would keep checking on that area (and still nothing had been done). It took a Boy Scout & his father bringing it up in front of MI residents & The City Council to get anything done. Then Parks & Rec took 15, 36 gallon bags out of there within the next week. I see MI Police watching the traffic from inside their patrol cars, but I'd like to see some serious on patrol committed action. I agree that given the choke manner of getting off the island, either we need more officers on duty during any one shift or we need better command/operations.


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