Officers were told that the suspect had come inside the victims house, obtained the keys to the car, and had attempted to steal the car. They were also told that the homeowner had recovered the car from the suspect and that the suspect had fled the area on foot.
The responding officers had been given a description of the suspect. They began to set up a containment so a track could be attempted by the Aberdeen K-9 team of Officer Steve Timmons and Titus.
The victims were contacted by an Aberdeen Officer. They told him that he and his wife had just turned out the lights in the house. They were in the bedroom when they heard someone inside the house. Thinking it may be his son the victim walked out to the front room. He reported seeing a subject walking out the back of the house and toward the area their cars are parked.
The male victim heard one of their cars start. He asked his wife if she gave their son permission to use the car. When she told him no the male went out to the car to tell his son to stop using the car. When he went to his car he saw that it was not his son in the drivers seat, but a man he did not recognize.
The owner of the car yelled for the suspect to stop. The suspect backed the stolen car into the victims other car. It was reported to the investigating officers that the suspect then put the stolen car into drive and moved toward the victim male, striking him in his left leg causing an abrasion on his knee.
The victim male said he jumped on the hood of his car as the suspect started heading down Perry Street. The victim said the suspect accelerated rapidly down Perry Street and then stopped abruptly. The male was still on the hood of the car. It was reported that the suspect backed up and then went forward, stopping again in an apparent effort to throw the owner from the hood of his car.
The owner was on the hood of the car when the suspect jumped out of the car while leaving it in drive. The victim told the police that the suspect said something to him about the victim chasing the car himself.
The suspect fled on foot as the stolen vehicle rolled forward. The owner was able to get into the car and get it stopped.
Aberdeen Officers, with the assistance of Officers from Hoquiam PD and Cosmopolis PD, began a track with the Aberdeen K-9 team. K-9 Titus and Officer Steve Timmons tracked to a home in the 1000 Block of West Cushing Street.
A female came out of the home and contacted the Aberdeen Officers. She was cooperative with the investigating officers. Two male subjects walked out of the house. The male victim was brought to the location and he positively identified one of the males as the suspect who had tried to steal his car.
A 27 year old transient male was taken into custody for residential burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, vehicle assault, DWLS 3rd degree, making a false statement, and hit and run unattended. The suspect is well known to local law enforcement and is currently in custody in the City of Aberdeen jail.
The investigation is continuing.