Officers from the Seattle Police Department have arrested the suspect of a vicious robbery on a 68-year-old Asian grandmother earlier this month.
On June 13 at around 11:30 a.m., Mei Yeung was walking home from a bus stop when she was robbed by a man nearly twice her size.
The man reportedly followed the victim from the nearby bus stop in the Rainier Beach area near Renton Avenue South and 61st Avenue.
Security footage shows Yeung struggling to fight off the man who violently grabbed her and pulled her to the ground.
Vicious attack today, intense search tonight. Man follows woman, steals purse, necklace and pries off two gold rings. @MichaelKIRO7 talks to the victim as @SeattlePD searches for this man. pic.twitter.com/IEbsLC4aNr
— Dave Wagner (@DaveKIRO7) June 13, 2019
He eventually took off with her purse, necklace, and two gold rings. Meanwhile, Yeung sustained minor cuts and scratches.
The 24-year-old suspect was captured on June 21 after investigators received a tip that he was in Renton. When SWAT detectives went to arrest him, he jumped in a car, fled from them, and sped down Interstate 405.
Suspect in violent Rainier Beach purse snatching arrested after fleeing from police and crashing vehicle on I-405. No major injuries. Media briefing will be held near scene at location TK.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 21, 2019
During the chase, the unnamed man reportedly threw a handgun from his car window, scraped another vehicle, and then eventually crashed into a concrete barrier.
According to the police report, the suspect was booked into the King County Jail. Local detectives, who recovered the man’s firearm, will proceed with the investigation.
Police have said that the man had three other warrants for his arrest, reports Komo News.
“This was a horrendous crime and it was extremely savage,” Seattle Police Assistant Chief of Special Ops Steve Hirjack was quoted as saying. “He was able to exit the vehicle after the high-speed crash and our SWAT officers were able to chase the suspect down and take him into custody.”
Yeung’s family stated that they are relieved that the man who allegedly attacked and robbed her is now behind bars.
“Real big sense of relief that this very dangerous individual is off the street so that this can’t happen to anybody else,” said the victim’s son-in-law Kevin Lo.
Featured image via Seattle Police