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Suspect who stole Seattle police car Thursday caught

The Seattle police captured a burglary suspect who drove off with a patrol car early Thursday morning in South Seattle.

Police responded to a break-in at Wing Luke Elementary School on S. Kenyon St. shortly before 2 a.m. When the officers arrived they found a suspect on the premises and arrested him. He was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.

Police said the officer stepped away from the cruiser for a minute and the handcuffed suspect managed to crawl from the back seat to the front seat. It is unknown if the screen divider was down or if the suspect was able to lower it.

The suspect drove away from the scene. He abandoned the car and ran away at 51st Ave. S. and S. Ruggles St. near a park. The patrol vehicle was not damaged and all the equipment inside it has been accounted for.

A K-9 unit, King County's Guardian One helicopter, the Tukwila Police Department joined the early morning manhunt.

Our news partner KIRO TV reported that the 33-year-old suspect was found and taken into custody around 6 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and S. Trenton St. in Seattle. KIRO reported that suspect has a long criminal history.

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