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The Today File

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July 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Man suspected of Everett carjacking arrested in Seattle

Update at 3:19 p.m.: The Washington State Patrol says Westmoreland is in custody at Havorview Medical Center in Seattle, likely with injuries suffered in Monday’s crash.

Troopers will guard him until he healthy enough to be booked into the Snohomish Coutny Jail

Original post: Seattle police have arrested a man suspected of crashing a stolen motorcycle before carjacking a car in Everett on Monday.

Police said William J. Westmoreland, 38, of Stanwood, was arrested a short time ago in the north part of the city. Additional details were not immediately known.

The Washington State Patrol said Westmoreland was speeding south on Interstate 5 in Everett around 3 p.m. Monday when he rear-ended a car south of 112th Street Southeast and was ejected off a Honda motorcycle.

Troopers said a few drivers stopped and came to Westmoreland’s aid, including one woman whom he wrestled with in an attempt to steal her car, with two children in the back seat. The woman fought him off, and he sprinted west from I-5, according to Trooper Mark Francis.

Westmoreland allegedly assaulted another passer-by who witnessed the event.

Francis said Westmoreland continued running west into a residential neighborhood, where he assaulted a third victim and stole a silver Mazda Miata.

Troopers recovered the motorcycle and ruled it had been stolen. They also recovered Westmoreland’s identification at the scene.

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