Wendy's employee foils carjacking of senior citizen couple in store parking lot

VehiclesServices and ShoppingTheftReggie Williams

Police in Bellingham arrested a Snohomish County man Monday after he assaulted an 80-year-old and tried to steal his car in a Wendy's parking lot. A Wendy's employee, who recognized the victim as a regular customer, ran out to the parking lot and interceded, along with other witnesses. 

The victim, who was with his 77-year-old wife, had just gotten out of his Hyundai when the suspect, Reggie Williams, 31, accosted him and demanded his keys. When the victim did not give up his keys, Williams shoved him to the ground.

Williams then took the keys, got in the car, and attempted to drive away, police said. That's when the Wendy's employee ran outside to try to stop him from leaving. However, as Williams backed the car out, he ran into the 77-year-old wife of the victim, knocking her to the ground.

At that point, two other witnesses jumped in the car, pulled the suspect out and pinned him to the pavement. Simultaneously, a parking enforcement officer from Western Washington University called the incident into a dispatcher. Western Washington university Police and Bellingham Police arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody.

Williams told police had been trying to buy drugs in Bellingham earlier in the day and needed the car to get back to Snohomish County.He was booked into Whatcom County Jail for robbery 1st, assault 1st , and theft of a motor vehicle.

Nobody received anything but minor injuries, and the senior citizen couple remained at Wendy's to finish their meal.

The victim's wife had already gotten out of the car at this point.

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