Police: Teen admits he tried stealing running car parked in driveway, fired shots at owner

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – A 17-year-old Vancouver boy was arrested Monday after he admitted he tried to steal a vehicle and fired shots at the vehicle’s owner in February.

Darius Tate is facing charges of first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to police in a probable cause affidavit, Timothy Warren called 9-1-1 on Feb. 22, 2018 to report that someone had tried stealing his car and someone else had fired shots at him.

Warren said his vehicle was parked in the driveway at his home on East 13th Street and he had turned it on to warm it up. He said he heard the transmission grinding and looked outside to check on it.

He saw someone backing the car out of the driveway.

He said he ran to the car, opened the driver’s side door and pulled a man out of the seat of the car.

The two began fighting on the ground and punching each other. That’s when Warren said he heard three gunshots. He said he saw two young males in dark clothing near his car.

Warren ran back to his porch and called 9-1-1.

The man he was fighting with got up and ran away. The other two males walked away.

Four days later, on Feb. 26, Darius Tate visited the Vancouver Police Department to “clear the air” about his involvement in the situation.

He told police he tried to steal the car, but realized it was a manual transmission and he did not know how to drive it. He said he moved to the passenger seat and allowed his friend to drive.

Tate said as they were pulling out of the driveway, the owner ran outside, opened the driver’s side door, pulled his friend out and began punching him.

Tate said he jumped out of the passenger door. He saw the vehicle owner was beating up his friend, so he fired three shots at the owner. Tate said the owner ran toward his house and he and his friend ran away.

Tate told police he got the firearm “from the streets.”

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