Vehicle theft leads to arrest of Sea-Tac pilot
Press release from King County Sheriff’s Office:
A 43 year old Oklahoma man, who police learned was a pilot and was supposed to fly a commercial plane from Sea-Tac Airport to Japan on Monday morning, was arrested in SeaTac last night after stealing another man’s car.
SeaTac police officers responded to the Hilton Hotel in the 17600 block of International Blvd last night around 8:40 p.m.. The victim, a 66-year-old Bainbridge man, told police he had gotten into his rental car at the Hilton Hotel when the suspect got into his back seat.
The victim asked the suspect what he was doing in the car. The suspect replied, “You know, you know.” After a brief exchange of words, the victim pointed a handgun at the suspect and told him to get out of the car.
A struggle ensued and the victim struck the suspect several times with the handgun. The victim got out of the car and the suspect chased him around the car. The suspect then got into the driver’s seat and fled in the victim’s vehicle.
Within a few minutes employees at the Wally Park next to the Hilton called to report a suspicious, bloody male in the parking lot. When police arrived they found the suspect and the victim’s car.
The suspect is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. He was arrested for Vehicle Theft and DUI and booked into the King County Jail.