Saint Martin’s University campus was locked down Thursday afternoon after reports Lacey police were tracking an armed carjacking suspect near campus.
Lacey police tweeted there had been two attempted carjackings in the area of Third Avenue Southeast and College Street Southeast. A suspect was tracked by a police dog to an area near Martin Way East where the trail was lost, according to police.
Saint Martin’s lockdown was lifted at about 5:15 p.m.
The suspect was still at large as of Thursday night, according to police. He was described as a 30-year-old white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing jean shorts and a Nike sweatshirt, with a tattoo on his neck.
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According to a news release from police Thursday evening, the incident began about 2:30 p.m. when police were called to check on a man and woman in a vehicle in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on the 600 block of Sleater Kinney Road Southeast.
When police arrived, the pair drove away, tried to enter southbound Interstate 5 from the northbound exit ramp and crashed into another vehicle exiting I-5. They then ran off, according to police.
About 2:55 p.m., police said, the two attempted a carjacking at the Candlewood Suites on Third Avenue. The victim fought one suspect and the other suspect fired one shot from a gun, according to police. No one was injured and the two ran off again.
At 3:01 p.m., police received another report of an attempted carjacking in a parking lot on Third Avenue. At that point Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Olympia police and Washington State Patrol also responded but police did not find the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lacey police detectives at 360 459-4333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.