UPDATE: July 5, 2017, 2:40 p.m.
Carjacking suspect Tamara Hayes made her first appearance in front of a judge Wednesday afternoon. Her bond was set at $100,000 and her next court appearance is scheduled for the middle of July.
A carjacking suspect was quickly arrested by Spokane Police following a brief pursuit that began in downtown Spokane and ended on I-90 near the Highway 2 exit.
Spokane Police say a woman was sitting in her car in downtown Spokane near Stevens and Spokane Falls Blvd. at a red light, when another woman walked up, opened the driver's door and pulled her out. The suspect then got in the car and drove off.
We spoke to the victim, Sonora, who said the woman was telling her she wanted the car and she was going to hurt her if she didn't. Sonora said the woman unbuckled her and ripped her from the car, while she fought to keep it. Sonora also told us she was dragged for about half a block and suffered some cuts and scrapes in the process.
Spokane Police quickly found the suspect thanks to a witness who followed the SUV. After a brief pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody in the westbound lanes of I-90 near the Garden Springs exit.
Sonora showed up to identify the suspect and retrieve her car. Other than the cuts and scrapes, she says she's okay.
The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Tamara Hayes, was taken into custody and has been charged with 1st Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.
BREAKING: carjacking ends at I-90 and Hwy 2 exit. Started in downtown Spokane. Victim dragged out of her car, while at a stoplight. pic.twitter.com/TAxhjAWM3q— Jeff Hite (@KHQJeff) July 3, 2017
"Although incidents like this are rare, Spokane Police would like to remind the motoring community to keep your doors locked while driving your vehicle," Spokane Police said in a press release. "Be aware of suspicious people or activities around the roadways and your vehicle. When you see something suspicious, or an incident occur, please don’t be afraid to call Crime Check at (509)456-2233, or 911 in the case of an emergency. With the help of today’s witnesses the suspect was located and taken into custody without further incident."