Suspected Port Angeles car thief arrested in Sequim

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

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SEQUIM — A 58-year-old Texas man was in the Clallam County jail Wednesday after he was arrested in connection with a car theft at knifepoint at a Port Angeles Wendy’s restaurant Dec. 29.

Garland Lavell Seals was arrested in downtown Sequim at about 11:10 a.m. Wednesday morning for investigation of first-degree robbery.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies had served a search warrant at a house on West Sequim Bay Road at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and failed to find him, Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith said.

The officers later found him while searching the area, Smith said.

Seals — also arrested on a felony parole violation warrant out of Harris County, Texas, associated with an armed robbery — was last known to be living in Sequim, Smith said.

An unidentified woman told police that a man took her car, cash, cellphone, car keys and other personal items after threatening her with a knife and striking her in the face in the parking lot of the Wendy’s restaurant at 1830 E. First St. in Port Angeles at
2 a.m. Dec. 29.

The woman’s car was found abandoned the next day on Penn Street, not far from the restaurant.

Law enforcement officers from the Sequim and Port Angeles police departments, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine served the warrant at the Sequim Bay Road address, Smith said.

Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at

Last modified: January 09. 2013 5:57PM
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