Carjacking suspect in Graham says experience was like 'Grand Theft Auto'

Staff writerJune 13, 2014 

A Graham man who was arrested by a SWAT team this week after allegedly carjacking a man compared the experience to the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video game, according to court documents.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Terrance Kiestler, 23; Jessica Bourquin, 21; and David Jones, 21, with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree theft of a motor vehicle for Wednesday’s incident. The trio pleaded not guilty. Kiestler was ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. Bourquin and Jones are being held on $100,000 bail each.

A man called 911 Wednesday to report that an armed man approached him just after he parked his Kia Soul at home and demanded his keys and cell phone. The victim told sheriff’s deputies the carjacker pointed a gun at him and asked if he wanted to die before ordering the victim to run away.

Deputies spotted the stolen car parked in the gated backyard of a home on 258th Street East. They knocked on the door but nobody answered. A SWAT team was called out and eventually threw a flash bang device on the porch, prompting Kiestler to come outside.

Kiestler said the experience was like the video game Grand Theft Auto. When asked what that meant, Kiestler said “After you steal a car, SWAT units respond to try and arrest you,” according to charging papers.

Jones and Bourquin were later arrested. Prosecutors contend Jones drove an SUV that followed Kiestler away from the carjacking and Bourquin was a passenger in the car.

Kiestler allegedly changed his story several times, initially claiming a friend brought the car to his home and Kiestler agreed to let him park it there.

He told deputies the gun used in the carjacking wasn’t real, court records show. When deputies pointed out that they never mentioned a gun, Kiestler said there wasn’t a fake gun either.

A bb gun was found in the stolen car.

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