UPDATE as of 7:19 p.m. The man called police about 4 p.m. this afternoon after a friend told him officers were looking for him, and he then came to the department to speak with investigators, police Capt. Scott Engle said.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, Engle said.
He said police are not saying at this time whether the man is a suspect.
INITIAL POST: Puyallup police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who showed great interest in surveillance footage that captured a driver hitting a 16-year-old girl last week and speeding away.
A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition this morning after he was thrown from a vehicle driven by his uncle, who Washington State Patrol troopers said was drunk and high on marijuana.
The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. on westbound state Route 16 as he tried to exit Purdy Drive to state Route 302. The driver, a 26-year-old Gig Harbor man, lost control and flipped the 1990 Acura Integra.
The driver and the 9-year-old boy up front were thrown from the car. A 9-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing her seat belt was not injured.
Brandy McGregor sold at least three stolen cars to undercover detectives working out of a Tacoma storefront to stem auto theft in Pierce County.
She couldn’t be found last week when the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force served warrants across two counties and arrested 21 people. Now, Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is featuring her in the “fugitive” area of its website, hoping someone will lead police to her whereabouts.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged McGregor with two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and two counts of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.
Police hope a large takedown like the automobile theft investigation that ended this week with 21 people behind bars will deter other car thieves.
“If we create fear among these burglars that they’re selling to the cops, we’re hoping there will be less car thefts,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “Car thefts affect everyday people and it’s frustrating.”
The six-month undercover operation called “Shiny Penny” spanned Pierce and Thurston counties with warrants served at five houses and multiple vehicles.
More arrests are anticipated.
Some of the top players charged in the case are Reuy Samnang, 28; Harrie Oh Chan, …