VANCOUVER, Wash. – Two teenage boys were arrested after they allegedly assaulted a man, stole his car and crashed it Tuesday night.
A third suspect is still at-large, according to Vancouver police.
While responding at about 7:15 p.m. to a report of a robbery at a Motel 6, officers discovered a 50-year-old man had been severely beaten in the parking lot, located at 221 NE Chkalov Dr.
The victim told police three teenage boys approached him in his car, demanded the keys and assaulted him until he gave them the keys. Police said the man appeared to be chosen randomly.
The man said the boys began driving off with him inside the car, but he decided to jump out, and the boys continued to drive away. The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and medics treated him at the scene. Police said they urged the man go to a hospital but he refused.
While investigating the alleged assault and robbery, 911 callers said a car crashed near the intersection of Northeast 124th Avenue and 8th Street. Callers said the car had flipped over and three teenage boys ran away.
"Basically they were trying to get away from the cops and they were fairly quick, pretty agile and it seemed like it wasn't a big deal to them," said Maximilian Raducu, who lives in the neighborhood.
Police said the vehicle description match that of the stolen car. Officers arrived at the scene of the crash and located two boys they say were involved in the robbery.
They were booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for first-degree robbery. Police said the three suspects have been arrested before.
An investigation is ongoing.
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