Video: Seattle Police, Suspect Stung by Wasps During Carjacking Arrest

Sept. 22, 2023
While trying to arrest a 22-year-old man who attempted to carjack multiple vehicles with a knife, Seattle police officers, as the suspect, were attacked by a swarm of wasps.

The arrest of an armed man who tried carjacking multiple vehicles last month became a painful experience for the suspects and the responding Seattle police officers.

The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. Aug. 13 when Seattle police received several 9-1-1 calls about a knife-wielding suspect attempting to carjack vehicles, the department stated in a news release. Victims accused the man of blocking traffic before trying to take vehicles, causing significant damage to multiple vehicles as they passed.

Police caught up with the suspect in a tunnel that ran under a street, and officers arrested him in a nearby greenbelt area. That's when officers and the suspect were attacked and stung several times by a swarm of wasps. The strange and painful encounter was recorded on an officer's body camera and released Thursday by police.

The 22-year-old suspect was taken to the hospital and then booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault, property destruction and attempted robbery. An officer also was taken to the hospital for a laceration suffered during the arrest.

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