Disabled Vehicle

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) reported today about a subject who tried to steal a car that was pulled over because it was out of gas.

(Auburn)—Like any crime, carjacking is a bad idea. But if you choose to engage in that behavior, it’s perhaps best not to target cars stopped along major highways.

22-year old Mason Eubanks of Sultan is in custody after troopers say he attempted to carjack a vehicle that had run out of gas along State Route 18 in south King County. Troopers say Eubanks threatened to shoot the car’s owner, who fled. Those threats did not influence the truck’s fuel-starved engine, which started only briefly and sputtered out after about 50 yards.

The incident began earlier when the truck ran out of gas, and the owner called a family member for assistance. He was napping in the driver’s seat at about 4:30 a.m. when Eubanks knocked on the window and told the owner he’d be shot if he didn’t give up the vehicle. The owner did the right thing by complying. He offered no resistance, fled the immediate area and called police.

When the vehicle stalled, Eubanks exited and began walking down SR-18 in the owner’s direction. Fortunately, WSP troopers were already arriving. Eubanks made an effort to hide, but was quickly located and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the King County Jail and booked for Robbery and Vehicle Theft.

Troopers and dogs searched the area, and did not find a weapon.