Bellevue police were still looking yesterday for two men suspected of assaulting and carjacking a cab driver outside the DoubleTree Hotel...
Bellevue police were still looking yesterday for two men suspected of assaulting and carjacking a cab driver outside the DoubleTree Hotel, a popular stopover for visiting executives and conventioneers.
The men pointed a pistol at the 43-year-old driver, who was waiting for his first fare of the day at about 4 a.m., and then hit him in the back of the head with the gun, police said. The driver ran into the hotel and called police while the men drove away in his cab.
The cab, equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS), was found abandoned about an hour later, less than two miles away, in the 1600 block of 118th Avenue Southeast.
The primary suspect in the carjacking is described as a black male, 6 to 7 feet tall, with a medium build and missing front teeth. The last carjacking in Bellevue was at least five years ago, Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu said, and also outside the DoubleTree, in the 300 block of 112th Avenue Southeast, south of downtown Bellevue.
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The cab driver lives in Tukwila with his wife and young children, Chiu said. Like many cab drivers, he looked for fares in Bellevue “because it’s safer,” Chiu said. The driver has worked for Yellow Cab since 1993.
The carjacking was “high risk, low reward” because the cab driver had just started his shift and had only spare change, Chiu said. The thieves also could do little with a high-profile cab, equipped with the GPS, and a connection to cab dispatchers.
Anyone with information about the suspects should call Crime Stoppers at 800-274-6313.
Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567