Police: Man robs, carjacks victim at knifepoint

GOLDENDALE POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On Tuesday, August 13th , 2013 at about 8:30 pm, the Goldendale Police Department responded to the Goldendale McDonalds on a robbery call that had just occurred.

Information given to law enforcement was an adult Native American male had just robbed a local Goldendale resident at knife point in the parking lot of the McDonalds. The suspect told the victim to get out of his white 1993 Nissan pickup. The victim complied and was unharmed. Dispatch advised all law enforcement responding that the suspect was headed south bound on Highway 97. After police arrived and talked with witnesses, it was determined the suspect had actually drove Northbound on Highway 97. It is believed by police that the suspect is not a local resident. The suspect told a witness that he had just gotten out of prison. The Goldendale Police have contacted the Department of Corrections and local jails to get records of all recently released males, but so far have not been able to locate anyone matching the description of the suspect.

The Goldendale Police Department notified all local agencies of the stolen vehicle and the robbery. Also notified were Toppenish, and the Yakima Tribal Police who assisted in looking for the vehicle.

The Goldendale Police Department was able to obtain written statements from witnesses, and evidence from the crime scene. Some of the evidence collected is being sent to the Washington State Crime Lab for forensic examination.

The 1993 Nissan pickup was entered into the national police computer (NCIC) as a stolen vehicle. On August 14th, the vehicle was recovered after a police pursuit in the area of White Swan. The vehicle is currently being processed for evidence. No arrests were made after the pursuit.

At this time, no further information can be giving due to the continuing active investigation.