Man arrested in theft of ferry in Seattle

Dec. 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A man whose alleged attempt to steal a ferry boat in Seattle Sunday left him going in circles a short distance from the pier was arrested by Seattle police.

Police said a SWAT team boarded the catamaran about 10:20 a.m. PST and took the suspect into custody within 15 minutes, The Seattle Times reported. Police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said the man, who was dressed in black with a white bandana and orange life vest, told officers he commandeered the 132-foot Victory Clipper IV ferry because he "wanted to go to West Seattle."

Darrell Bryan, chief executive officer of Clipper Navigation, said the man apparently had some rudimentary knowledge of boats because he started it and got it underway using the boat's joystick. But vessel superintendent John Jacoby said the suspect tried to use the control like it was "an XBox," causing the boat to go in circles and he ended up being caught just 300 yards from shore in Elliott Bay.

The man, whose name wasn't reported, was taken away in handcuffs to the King County Jail to face charges that could include piracy and theft of a vessel.

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