The name of the suspected thief who stole from Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds and led police on a wild chase has been revealed as 50-year-old James A. Kirk of Lynnwood.
That's not all that was revealed.
According to the Herald, at one point Kirk was seen fleeing on a bicycle, naked.
morning began when Edmonds officers responded to the report of a theft at the Harbor Square Athletic Club, said Edmonds Police Sgt. Don Anderson. One of the officers saw a vehicle leaving the area he knew had been reported stolen.
The Herald reports that the car, a green Ford Mustang, matched the description of a vehicle stolen last week by Kirk's ex-wife.
As an Edmonds police officer attempted to stop the Mustang, the suspect sped up before finally pull over on SR 104, just east of the Third Avenue South overpass. He then fled on foot down an embankment.
At this point, we have a witness account from Edmonds Patch reader Virgil Hill:
On our way to work my brother and I witnessed the officer pulling over the suspect. We were the first car behind the officer when he took pursuit. As the officer stepped out of his car, the suspect got out of his and approached the officer, forcing him to level his weapon on him. The suspect immediately turned uphill and fled around the front of his car. He was able to jump a guard rail and flee. The most amazing part of the whole event was when the suspect jumped, his shorts fell to his ankles and he fell buck naked down the hill. I've never laughed so hard in my life.
The suspect, at this point naked and bloody after cutting himself, was eventually taken after he broke into a home and threatened the occupant. Police used pepper spray to get the suspect out.
Bail was set at $105,000 for Kirk as he appeared Monday in Everett District Court, the Herald reports.