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Suspect arrested after Seattle utility worker carjacked at knifepoint in Madison Valley

The utility worker was repairing an electrical pole that had been downed by Tuesday's heavy winds when a suspect stole a company vehicle.

SEATTLE — A suspect is in custody after a Seattle utility worker was carjacked at knifepoint Wednesday morning in the Madison Valley neighborhood.

According to the Seattle Police Department (SPD), a utility worker who was helping repair a downed power pole on E. Madison Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way around 5:15 a.m. when the suspect held them at knifepoint.

The suspect then took a vehicle belonging to a worker contracted by Seattle Public Utilities. Video from the scene shows the stolen vehicle belongs to K&D Services Inc. Washington.

The suspect drove away from the scene and hit a man on a scooter near 6th Ave and Yesler Way shortly after they fled the scene. The man on the scooter suffered a leg injury and was taken to the hospital by a private ambulance, according to a SPD Blotter post.

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Police located the suspect shortly before 6 a.m. and pursued them near NE 59th St and Roosevelt Way NE. The University of Washington sent out a campus alert around 6:30 a.m. saying police located the carjacking suspect and surrounded the suspect’s vehicle on 17th Ave. NE between NE 47th St. and NE 50th St.

Seattle police tweeted around 6:50 a.m. that the suspect was taken into custody near 17th Ave. NE and NE 47th St.

E. Madison Street remained closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Lake Washington Boulevard while crews work to repair the fallen electrical pole, which was downed by heavy winds Tuesday.

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