TACOMA, Wash. (KOMO) — Prosecutors filed charges against the suspect accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery crash on a highway in Washington state.
Randy Faoato Tipa, 26, of Federal Way, appeared in Pierce County Superior Court, where he was charged with first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, identity theft, and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department released body camera video Tuesday of deputies apprehending Tipa.
Watch the footage below:
According to a sheriff’s report, Tipa carjacked a woman at gunpoint at Orangegate Park in Tacoma around 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
The woman told responding officers that she had an Apple AirTag in the car and was able to give police the exact location of the vehicle.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to the car’s location in and attempted to arrest Tipa when he sped away in the stolen car.
Police pursued Tipa into Tacoma on Interstate 5, where a deputy was able to perform a disabling maneuver on the car, causing it to stop on the southbound shoulder.
Tipa jumped out of the car and ran off while deputies pursued him and arrested him, according to the police report. As deputies were taking Tipa into custody, a fire started underneath the stolen car and the police cruisers that were parked in the grass on the highway shoulder.
A deputy reported seeing Tipa with a gun in his hand as he was running away from the car, according to the report. Police said they found a semi-automatic handgun on the ground close to the area they arrested Tipa.
A woman was trapped inside the stolen car when the fire started, but was pulled out before the car was engulfed in flames, a spokesperson for the sheriff's department said.
That fire destroyed the stolen car and a Pierce County Sheriff's Department cruiser.
Court documents show Tipa has an extensive criminal history. He has prior charges related to stolen vehicles, as well as trying to evade police.
King County court records show Tipa was charged in 2019 for a pursuit with Federal Way police, where he allegedly sped through a grocery store parking lot in a stolen car while trying to get away from officers.
At his first appearance hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors noted that Tipa was out on bail for prior offenses and had two active warrants out for his arrest at the time of Monday's carjacking and pursuit.
“The conduct described of both the robbery and the follow up capture of the defendant pose a substantial danger to the pierce county community. Most concerning, the defendant was out on bail when these incidents were alleged to have occurred," Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Morrow said in court.
A court commissioner set Tipa's bail at $250,000.
Tipa appeared in court in a wheelchair, though the Pierce County Sheriff's Department indicated he was not seriously injured during Monday's ordeal.