Des Moines man charged after allegedly stealing car from Federal Way

The driver ran a red light and was confronted by police within minutes of stealing the car.

A Des Moines man has been charged after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Federal Way to drive to work, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Bryan Johnson, 59, was charged with motor vehicle theft on Feb. 18. His arraignment is at 9 a.m. March 4 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

The Des Moines resident has a history of seven bench warrants since 2019, including two active warrants for failing to appear at Kent Municipal Court in Jan. 2020 and Federal Way Municipal Court in June 2020.

According to the charging documents:

On Feb. 16, a Federal Way officer pulled over a 1992 Honda Accord that had run a red light near S. 344th Street and 16th Avenue South in Federal Way.

The driver identified himself as Johnson, which was confirmed via his license. His last known address is in Des Moines.

While conducting the traffic stop, a man called 911 to report his 1992 Honda Accord had been stolen near the 2100 block of S. 336th Street in Federal Way within the last five minutes of him making the call.

The Federal Way officer realized the vehicle he stopped had the same license plate as the stolen vehicle, and ordered the driver to turn off the vehicle, then hand over the keys. The driver, Johnson, complied and the officer noticed the key had been filed down in a common way used to steal older model Hondas.

The officer confronted Johnson about the stolen vehicle, to which Johnson allegedly admitted to taking the vehicle in order to drive to work.

A female passenger also in the vehicle was arrested, but was released after denying she knew the car was stolen.