UW Police

09-07-16 Carjacking

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
Sept. 7, 2016
Carjacking, University District

Seattle police are investigating a carjacking incident that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in the 4500 block of 17th Avenue NE. The victim of the carjacking was a taxi driver who picked up the suspect in downtown Seattle and drove him to the University District at his request. After arriving in the University District and being driven to several locations without leaving the taxi, the suspect reached over the driver’s seat and wrapped his arms around the driver’s neck. The suspect implied he had a gun and threatened the driver, who was able to get free and exit the car. The suspect got in the driver’s seat and drove away. The victim was not injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a white male; approximately 30 to 35 years old; 5-foot-8 with a medium build; short, brown hair; a brown, trimmed beard; and wearing a black jacket.

The car is a white Prius (WA license plate: AYZ9435) with green lettering and a Space Needle logo on the side with a taxi sign on top.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011.  The case report number is 16-325168. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips for Similar Incidents:

  • Be cognizant of your surroundings at all times.
  • Call 911 immediately in an emergency.
  • Avoid confrontations whenever possible.
  • Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.

On campus, call Husky NightWalk: 206-685-WALK (9255) for a security guard escort to various locations on campus, 7 days a week.

If you suspect criminal activity, some helpful information to pass on to the police:

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer and other distinctive identifiers.
  • Physical characteristics:  Describe height, weight, eyes, hair, mannerisms, scars/tattoos.
  • Direction of travel (by foot or automobile):  Describe the last known location of the suspect.
  • Suspect vehicle description:  color, year, model, make and license plate.
  • Any weapons involved.

Contact the University of Washington Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit at 206-897-1706 for additional crime prevention information.