Lacey carjacking suspects arrested

Emma Dobbs, Staff Writer


On Dec. 16, 2018, the King County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects connected with the Dec. 6 carjacking that resulted in a lockdown on the Saint Martin’s University campus. The Lacey Police Department issued warrants for the arrest of Sonya M. McKay and Christopher R. Steinmeyer on Dec. 10. Steinmeyer had felony warrants for his arrest issued by King County. McKay’s only arrest warrants were out of Thurston County.

Steinmeyer was in custody in King County Maleng Regional Justice Center as of Dec. 15, 2018. Steinmeyer is held on charges of first-degree armed robbery, two charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, auto theft, and failure to appear in court. Steinmeyer has been booked in the King County regional center three other times in 2018, for multiple charges of vehicle theft, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sonya McKay, was initially held in custody at King County Maleng Regional Justice Center. McKay was charged with first-degree robbery with a firearm, attempted robbery of the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault, and identity theft. As her arrest warrant was out of Thurston County, McKay was transferred to the Thurston County Corrections Center.

In 2016, Lora McKay, the mother of Sonya targeted families of daycares in King and Pierce county to steal credit and debit cards from vehicles. Sonya Mckay was with her mother during many of these these incidents. Lora McKay was arrested in June 2018 and pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft. Sonya Mckay is a former Washington’s most wanted fugitive.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2018, the Lacey Police Department conducted a welfare check in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on Sleater-Kinney Road. Police found McKay and Steinmeyer at the scene, and concluded that the pair were under the influence of an unknown substance, and therefore unfit to drive. As police approached the vehicle of Mckay and Steinmeyer, the couple left the parking lot and attempted to enter I-5 southbound from the exit ramp. The pair hit another car exiting I-5 and left the wreckage on foot.

After crashing their vehicle, the two attempted a carjack at the Lacey Candlewood Suites on 3rd Ave SE. The suspects were fought off by a victim in the carjacking before one of the suspects fired a handgun, and the pair again fled. Fortunately, the suspect shot the gun into the ground, and no one was hurt in this incident. Investigators found a bullet hole in the parking lot of the Candlewood Suites during their investigation. The pair tried to carjack another vehicle at a local medical building, but were again unsuccessful.

The Lacey Police Department brought in a K9 unit, and tracked the suspects down Martin Way E. Despite their efforts; they ultimately were unable to find the perpetrators. Police cleared the scene around 5:30 that evening, and issued warrants for the arrest of the two suspects.

Police did not initially release names of the suspects, but did say they knew the identities of the perpetrators following the incident at McDonald’s, and only published descriptions of the suspects before later releasing their information to the public.

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