A Snohomish County man is in custody after several citizens foiled a carjacking Monday outside a Bellingham fast-food restaurant, according to police
The victims — an 80-year-old man and his 77-year-old female passenger — had just parked at the Wendy’s restaurant in the 100 block of Samish Way on Monday afternoon and the woman got out first, according to Bellingham police. As the driver was getting out, a man approached him and demanded his car keys.
The driver refused and the man pushed him to the ground, police said. The man then grabbed the driver’s keys, got in the car and started to drive away.
A Wendy’s employee ran out to stop the man from driving off, but was knocked to the ground as the car backed out. Two other witnesses then jumped inside the car, pulled the man out and pinned him to the pavement, police said.
A Western Washington University (WWU) parking control officer, who was driving by, called in the incident to his dispatcher. Police from WWU and the Bellingham PD responded and arrested the man.
The 80-year-old man was treated at the scene by medics with the Bellingham Fire Department. The Wendy’s employee who tried to intervene suffered minor injuries but did not require medical treatment, police said.
According to police, the 31-year-old suspect told officers he needed to get back home to Snohomish County after trying to buy drugs in Bellingham. He was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for investigation of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and auto theft.