The Auburn Police Department released the following incident summary on its Facebook page.
“On 7-23-20 around 9:30 AM, Auburn patrol officers responded to a 911 call of an attempted carjacking that had recently taken place near the 1000 block of 25th Street SE. The victim reported that he was sitting in his car when three males, who he believed were juveniles, approached him. One of the males opened the victim’s driver’s door and told him they were “taking his car”. The victim described two of the males as acting as if they “had guns in their pockets”. When the victim refused to give up his vehicle, he was punched in the face. The victim was able to drive off to a safe location and called 911. The victim was able to provide very detailed clothing and physical descriptions of the three suspects. Patrol officers conducted a check of the area but were not able to locate anyone.
Later that day our Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives learned of the attempted robbery and went out to the scene of the crime in an effort to locate the suspects. Around 6:30 PM, SIU detectives located three males who matched the description of the suspects given by the victim. They contacted the victim and obtained further details about the suspects which matched the three males they were watching. Based on the detailed information obtained by patrol officers, the observations of the SIU detectives and the follow up from the victim, detectives felt they had reasonable suspicion to detain the three males they were watching.
A short time later patrol officers arrived in the area to assist SIU. As they attempted to contact the three males, all three fled which led to a short foot pursuit. Patrol officers were able to quickly detain two of the males and SIU detectives were able to detain the third. As the third male was running from SIU detectives, they could see that he was reaching for something in his waistband. After the male was detained detectives found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in his waistband.
Detectives learned that two of the males were juveniles and the third was an adult and documented gang member with multiple arrests for weapons offenses to include shootings, possession of stolen handguns and felony eluding. As the investigation continued, the three males admitted to having been involved in the attempted carjacking. Because the two juveniles had no criminal history they did not meet booking guidelines put in place by the King County Juvenile Detention Center, they were turned over to their parents, recommendations of attempted robbery will be filed with the King County Prosecutor’s office. The adult male was booked into the King County jail on charges of attempted robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
We wanted to take a minute to highlight the great police work by both patrol, SIU and Major crimes detectives on this case.”
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