Federal Way police arrested a carjacking suspect after he allegedly kidnapped a man at gunpoint, demanded he drive him to Kent for a suspected drug deal and then back to Federal Way where the suspect stole his vehicle on Wednesday morning.
At about 5:30 a.m., a man approached a police officer at the Federal Way Transit Center and reported he was the victim of a carjacking, according to Federal Way police Cmdr. Kurt Schwan. The man told the officer he had been stopped at the traffic signal at South 348th Street and Enchanted Parkway South when a man in his 20s opened the passenger door of his vehicle and demanded he drive him to Kent. The man reported the suspect was armed with a knife and a handgun.
He drove the suspect to an apartment complex in Kent where the man believed the suspect may have participated in a drug deal, Schwan stated. He then drove him back to Federal Way to the Walmart on South 314th Street where the suspect told him to exit the vehicle so he could take it. The suspect allowed the man to retrieve his work tools from his vehicle before fleeing the area in the stolen vehicle.
Following the carjacking, officers obtained a statement from the man and took him to the Kent area so he could attempt to identify the apartment complex where the suspect had ordered him to drive, Schwan stated.
While an officer drove the man back to Federal Way, he spotted his stolen vehicle parked at the AutoZone in the 27300 block of Pacific Highway S.
Police detained a man who was sitting in the vehicle, who matched the description of the suspect. The man positively identified the suspect as the man who held him against his will, according to Schwan.
Police did not locate any weapons when they searched the suspect.
The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant for additional evidence, and the suspect was booked into jail.
This was the second carjacking in Federal Way during a three-day span. On Monday, Jan. 28, police arrested two suspects after they allegedly carjacked a woman at gunpoint and later crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. The woman had been stopped at a stop sign near the 2600 block of SW 330th St. when an armed suspect opened her car door and ordered her to get out of her vehicle.