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Grandmother relieved her alleged attacker behind bars after high-speed chase


Mei Mei Yeung  reacts to attacker's arrest (KOMO Photo)
Mei Mei Yeung reacts to attacker's arrest (KOMO Photo)
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KING COUNTY — The grandmother attacked by a violent purse snatcher is relieved the man who allegedly did it is under arrest. Mei Mei Yeung said it seemed like yesterday when she was ambushed and attacked.

The alleged attacker was finally captured after leading police on a wild high-speed chase that ended in Tukwila Friday afternoon.

Seattle Police said he brutally robbed and assaulted a 68-year-old grandmother by her home last Wednesday in Rainier Beach and he's been on the run ever since.

The vicious attack was caught on chilling surveillance video and it shows 41 seconds of pure terror.

Yeung was walking home, when out of nowhere a man runs up to her in the driveway and grabs her from behind.

Police said he ripped her purse and necklace, then knocked her to the ground and pried her rings from her fingers.

“She still feels shocked that it happened so close to home in a quiet neighborhood,” said her son-in-law Kevin Lo who translated for the grandmother.

“At that one point in the video she’s like, ‘please stop, I’ll give you whatever.’ She felt helpless essentially at that point,” said Lo.

The man finally drives away with her things.

“It’s just hard and heartbreaking for me to watch the video,” said her daughter Helen Ho. “Especially when she was yelling and screaming for help and nobody can hear.”

Fast forward to Friday afternoon. Investigators got a tip that guy was in Renton and when SWAT detectives went to arrest him, police say he jumped in a car and led them on a high-speed chase.

Police said the robber crashed his car and went over a jersey barrier on I-405 in Tukwila.

But even after the crash, police said he tried to run on foot but didn’t get far.

“This was a horrendous crime and it was extremely savage,” said Seattle Police Assistant Chief of Special Ops Steve Hirjack. “He was able to exit the vehicle after the high-speed crash and our SWAT officers were able to chase the suspect down and take him into custody.”

It was a big community and police effort that put the man behind bars.

For that, Yeung’s family is eternally grateful and said they’re thankful for the community’s support.

“Real big sense of relief that this very dangerous individual is off the street so that this can’t happen to anybody else,” said Lo.

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Police said the man had three other warrants for his arrest and tried throwing a gun out of the car window.

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