A 39-year-old Woodinville man could soon face weapons, drug, and assault charges after he allegedly led Seattle police on a foot chase near Aurora earlier this week, and pulled a sword on officers when they attempted to arrest him.
On Wednesday evening, around 4:00 p.m., police received a report that a man driving a White Mustang had hit another vehicle near 97th and Linden, and fled the scene.
Officers spotted the car at 90th and Aurora, but the driver was nowhere to be found.
A witness approached officers, and said the driver had jumped out of the car and ran into a Taco Bell across the street.
As officers approached the Taco Bell, an employee came up and told police the suspect had stolen something from the shop and fled.
Police spotted the suspect and tried to contact him near Midvale Ave, but the man took off running through the yards of several homes in an attempt to elude officers.
Police eventually found the suspect hiding under a stairwell just north of 90th and Aurora.
When police approached him, a police report says the man pulled out a two-foot Katana, and pointed it at officers.
Police backed away from the suspect, who took of running “waving the Katana sword in front of him” before he ran into the yard of another house, cornering himself, a report says.
The suspect refused to drop his sword or surrender, and challenged police to “take him.”
According to a source familiar with details of the incident, officers tried to Taser the suspect, but the man was able to block officers’ Taser barbs with his jacket.
While the man was focused on avoiding the Tasers, a group of officers was able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody.
When officers searched the man’s Mustang, they found a partially-assembled handgun and, according to two sources familiar with details of the investigation, discovered a significant amount of apparently stolen property.
Police also found two knives, a set of brass knuckles, and some type of drugs on the man, who was booked into the King County Jail.
He has not yet been charged.