Edmonds and Lynnwood police took five suspects into custody in the Westgate neighborhood Monday afternoon after they abandoned a stolen car in the Westgate Chapel parking lot following a shoplifting incident at Kohl’s Department Store at Alderwood Mall. The car was involved in several hit-and-run incidents on its way from Lynnwood to Edmonds, police said.
Police closed Highway 104 east of 100th Avenue West while three police K-9 units were searching for the suspects.
The incident began when Lynnwood police responded to a shoplifting call at Kohl’s. The suspects then fled the scene in a gray Hyundai Elantra that was determined to be stolen out of Seattle. Police engaged in a pursuit for about four blocks, Lynnwood Commander Wes Deppa said, but terminated when it became unsafe.
The suspect vehicle began driving erratically southbound on Alderwood Mall Parkway and turned westbound onto Alderwood Mall Boulevard. It ran a red light at 44th Avenue West, where it collided with one vehicle, causing it to spin into a third vehicle. A woman in the third vehicle suffered minor injuries, Deppa said.
Later, a second hit-and-run was reported in the 19800 block of 48th Avenue West. No one was injured in that crash.
“It got serious really quick when they got into a stolen vehicle and were driving recklessly, putting lives at risk,” Deppa said.
A short time later the pastor at Westgate Chapel reported that a car had been abandoned in the chapel parking lot, and police determined that car matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Two suspects were apprehended shortly after the car was found there, police said, and the remaining three were captured during the K-9 search.
It is unknown if any other vehicles were hit between Kohl’s and Westgate Chapel. If you believe you are a victim of a hit-and-run in that area, you are asked to call Lynnwood Police at 425-744-6900.
Lynnwood detectives are investigating and will determine appropriate charges for the suspects.
— By Natalie Covate and Teresa Wippel