A driver was threatened at gunpoint on Monday evening, Oct. 15, in the 5000 block of 84th Avenue S.E., off of West Mercer Way. Two suspects attempted to carjack the victim's vehicle at 7:28 p.m. The suspects, described as two black males between ages 20 and 25, entered the victim's car but did not know how to drive the stick shift. They stole a laptop, checkbook and laptop bag out of the backseat before getting back into their own car and driving toward West Mercer Way. Both suspects were likely involved in two other incidents earlier that evening. Their vehicle matched the descriptions in all incidents.
Mercer Island police responded to a report of a reckless vehicle, southbound, in the 4300 block of Island Crest Way at 5:36 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. According to NORCOM dispatch, the vehicle’s plates were listed as stolen out of Seattle and the vehicle, a 1998 Infiniti QX4, had been taken during an armed robbery. At that time, officers did not locate the suspect vehicle.
Then, at 6:21 p.m., police responded to an incident of vehicular assault initially reported as a hit-and-run in the 3200 block of 74th Avenue S.E. The suspects drove their vehicle into the victim's vehicle several times before leaving the scene. The victim noted the first part of the license plate as 507 and described the vehicle as a gold-colored, early '90s Infinity SUV occupied by two black males, both in their late teens to early 20s.
The first suspect, the driver, was described as having darker skin than the suspect passenger and a thick build; approximately 6 feet in height, and 190 pounds, wearing a red jersey type shirt and possibly a red baseball cap. The second suspect, the passenger, had Jeri curl, afro-type black curly hair and was approximately 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds. The victim of the attempted carjacking stated that the suspect driver pointed the gun at his face.
The cases remain under investigation. Anyone who might have seen, or sees, the suspects should call 911.