RAINIER VALLEY – Seattle Police say two women escaped an attempted car jacking after being pepper-sprayed in Southeast Seattle tonight.
It was almost 6:20 p.m. when two women in their 50?s were traveling in a car that was stopped at a red light northbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at South Graham Street and two unknown men approached the victims’ vehicle and assaulted both women with pepper spray in an attempt to steal their car.
“The victim driver ran the red light in order to escape, which was successful,” wrote Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel . “The suspects took off running westbound on South Graham Street and remain at large.”
The victims drove to a nearby AM/PM convenience store located in the 5600 block of MLK Jr. Way South and called police. Officers and fire department personnel responded to the AM/PM, where medics treated both women for their pepper-spray exposure. The victims were not otherwise injured.
The suspects are described as two dark-skinned males in their 20?s, one of whom was wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.