Owner clings to car to stop theft

A 27-year-old homeless man is in custody after he allegedly stole a car, then tried to throw the owner off the hood as he tried to stop the car, according to the Aberdeen Police Department.

Officers responded to the 1000 block of West Perry Street in Aberdeen at about 1:10 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a vehicle theft. The homeowners reported a man had come into their house and took the keys to one of their vehicles.

The homeowners said they had just gone to bed when they heard what they thought was their son in the house; the father went to tell his son not to use the car and saw it was the suspect in the car.

He said he jumped on the hood of his car as the suspect started driving down West Perry Street, then the car accelerated quickly before stopping abruptly.

“It was reported that the suspect backed up and then went forward, stopping again in an apparent effort to throw the owner from the hood of his car,” Capt. John Green wrote in a press release.

The owner reported the suspect jumped out of the car, leaving it in drive.

Aberdeen officers, with the help of Cosmopolis and Hoquiam police officers, set up a track for the Aberdeen K-9 team, Officer Steve Timmons and Titus.

They tracked the suspect to a home in the 1000 block of West Cushing Street, where a woman came outside to contact the officers. Two men also came out of the house, and one was positively identified by the car owner as the man who had tried to steal his car.

The suspect was taken into custody for residential burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, vehicle assault, third-degree driving with a suspended license, making a false statement and hit and run unattended. He is in custody at the City of Aberdeen Jail and the investigation is ongoing.