Suspect Escapes Police After Running From Stolen Car on Finn Hill

A K-9 unit and county helicopter were brought in to search for the male suspect, who took off running after being found standing outside a stolen car.


Kirkland police tracked with a K-9 unit and the help of a King County helicopter but failed to catch a suspect early Thursday morning who fled from a stolen vehicle on Finn Hill.

An officer encountered the man standing at the open trunk of a car full of property stopped on the street in the 9000 block of NE 145th Street. That’s on northeast Finn Hill near Simonds Road.

Kirkland Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Murray said man went to get his identification from the vehicle, but slammed the door closed and took off running south on 88th Avenue NE.

The vehicle proved to have been stolen earlier in Kirkland. Police established a perimeter and called in a K-9 unit, along with the King County Sheriff’s Office’s Guardian One helicopter. But the suspect got away.

Murray said there were no of reports of burglaries in the area at the time. “It was just a guy driving a stolen car,” he said. “But there were no burglary reports.”

Police encountered the man at about 11:45 p.m., and the search continued until after 1 a.m. Murray said the car was impounded and Kirkland police will seek to obtain a search warrant on it.

Just Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, Kirkland police captured a suspect fleeing a residential burglary in the same area just blocks away. See that story here.

Agnes Kwiecinski February 07, 2013 at 08:43 PM
THANK YOU for these two articles about Finn Hill burglaries. I live right in the middle of that street where they happened so I was worried when I saw two police activities taking place so close to each other in a matter of two days. Thanks to your articles I know what happened. I have just spoken with the Kirkland Police officer on the phone and he put my worries to ease. He said these were two unrelated incidents which by coincidence happened so close to each other in time and place. Thanks, Agnes, Finn Hill
K.C. February 08, 2013 at 07:27 AM
I saw a man running extremely fast across 124th last night around 7:45 towards the woods behind the red park. I thought that this was suspicious especially with his dark clothes and not using the cross walk close by but apparently you caught the guy from Tuesday night.


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