Update | Police locate man with Down syndrome inside car when it was stolen from Federal Way

Seattle police locate 42-year-old victim and man who stole vehicle.

Police are searching for Royce Ulibarri, age 42, who was inside a vehicle when it was stolen from a parking lot at Walmart in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of the Federal Way Police Department

Police are searching for Royce Ulibarri, age 42, who was inside a vehicle when it was stolen from a parking lot at Walmart in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of the Federal Way Police Department

Update: Police have located Royce Ulibarri and the suspect who stole the vehicle he was inside, Federal Way police Commander said at 4:49 p.m. on Friday. Ulibarri was evaluated by medical personnel and is fine, she said. He will be reunited with his family soon. The suspect is in custody.

Federal Way police are searching for a man with Down syndrome who was inside a car when it was stolen from the Walmart parking lot in Federal Way on Friday.

The 42-year-old man, Royce Ulibarri, is wearing a green Seahawks hat, camo jacket, blue sweatpants and red/black shoes, according to Federal Way police. He is blind in his left eye, is non-verbal and has the capacity of a 6-year-old, according to police.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in located the stolen vehicle, a teal-colored 1999 Pontiac Firebird with a Washington license plate number ANC0946.

Ulibarri’s mother drove him to a store near 34800 16th Ave. S. and she left him in the car with the engine running while she went inside the store, according to Federal Way police Commander Casey Jones. When the mother returned to her car approximately 30 minutes later, she noticed the car and her son were gone.

Surveillance captured a white male with dark hair, white shirt and dark shorts enter the car and steal it, Jones said.

A short time later, the Auburn Police Department responded to a reckless driving complaint of the car near Highway 18 and C Street in Auburn. Police later learned that the person who reported the reckless driving saw a passenger that resembled Ulibarri, Jones said.

Around noon, the vehicle was possibly seen on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way near the border with Kent and Des Moines, however, the license plate was not confirmed, she said.

The Renton Police Department reported on their Facebook page at 3:24 p.m. that officers were looking into a possible sighting of the vehiocle in the downtown Renton corridor.

Officers continue to search the areas but have not yet found the car or Ulibarri.

Police ask you to call 911 immediately if you see this vehicle or Ulibarri.

The Mirror will update this story when more information becomes available.


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