Law enforcement vehicles at the scene of a crash on I-5 near Northgate in Seattle after a chase that began in Lynnwood on Wednesday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Law enforcement vehicles at the scene of a crash on I-5 near Northgate in Seattle after a chase that began in Lynnwood on Wednesday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Police: Little Harry was shot at, chased, then stole the cab

It started when he was a passenger in Lynnwood. It ended when he allegedly crashed the taxi in Seattle.

The taxi had just left a Dairy Queen drive-thru on Highway 99 when Little Harry paused and stopped answering the driver’s questions.

The Renton man, 38, told the cabbie they were being followed. So the driver tried to lose the car behind them, making a U-turn and darting into a Dollar Tree parking lot off the Mukilteo Speedway.

But the car — what looked like a red Honda — kept following, according to police reports filed in court. As the Yellow Cab sedan exited the lot, someone behind them opened fire. The cab, a Crown Victoria tagged No. 557, sped north toward Lake Stickney until the pursuing car was out of sight.

The shooter is still at large.

Once the cab came to a stop around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, one of the two passengers in the taxi climbed from the back seat to the front.

“Give me the keys,” said Little Harry, whose real name is Harry Nettleton IV, according to court papers. “I’m taking the cab. I have a gun, too.”

He reached into a sweatshirt pocket like he was pulling out a pistol, court papers say. The cabbie gave up the keys. The thief told him he’d return the taxi in two hours on Aurora Avenue. He drove in a loop and returned a cell phone to the driver, minus the battery.

The second passenger, a woman, got out of the taxi and walked away. She has been interviewed by Snohomish County deputies, and she’s not suspected of a crime, sheriff’s spokeswoman Courtney O’Keefe said.

Apparently, the carjacker was unaware the cab was tracked by GPS.

Deputies caught up to the taxi going south on I-5. At one point en route to Seattle, the thief drove the wrong way on the freeway.

The chase ended when the cab crashed at the entrance to the express lanes at Northgate. No one was hurt. Nettleton was arrested.

Deputies saw a gun on the floorboard of the cab and what appeared to be damage from gunfire near the trunk, police reports say.

In Nettleton’s pockets, deputies found about a half a pound of methamphetamine and 2 ounces of heroin, according to court papers.

In the past, the man has been found guilty of first-degree burglary, attempting to elude police, felony assault and felony theft.

He was sentenced to three years in federal prison in 2009 for having a 9mm Ruger pistol and a Taurus .38-caliber revolver in a hotel room. He was a felon at the time. Sentencing papers in that case say he was born in Everett, grew up in homes where his guardians used heroin and cocaine, and started taking hard drugs as a 16-year-old. He served more federal prison time when he violated probation by using alcohol and cocaine, skipping a drug test and failing to tell his probation officer he’d moved.

It all started on Wednesday afternoon, when the Renton man and a woman were picked up at a mobile home park off 202nd Street SW. He wanted some fast food that was about 2½ miles north. Then he noticed the car tailing him, possibly with two people inside, according to the sheriff’s office.

The crash on I-5 happened around 2:20 p.m., causing traffic havoc in Seattle. The damaged cab was impounded as evidence.

Nettleton was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree robbery, vehicle theft, attempting to elude police and drug possession. Everett District Court Judge Anthony Howard set bail Thursday at $200,000.

A jail booking sheet notes that Little Harry is 6-foot-2.

Snohomish County detectives were seeking tips to identify the shooter Thursday. Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 425-388-3845.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

From the Reporter archives, January 2020. Full Time Census Program Manager Ginna Hernandez was hired by the city through September 2020 to help Renton get counted in the U.S. Census. Now the city sits at a 72.2% response rate.
City hosts ‘Renton Census Countdown Day’ to gather more response

The events on Aug. 22 will include ambassadors helping residents complete their census and free ice cream.

The COVID-19 outbreak closed schools statewide last spring and has led to many school districts opting for remote learning in the fall. Pictured: A Decatur High School staff member takes cover from the rain while celebrating the graduating class of 2020 in June. File photo
Study: Virus cases must drop for state’s schools to safely reopen

Bringing students back in any capacity will lead to new infections, the report found.

Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography
Heat wave is on the way this weekend

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-90s on Sunday.

School lunch. File photo
School district distributes thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

Inslee mask graphic
Free mask event Aug. 11 in Renton

Each vehicle can receive up to 12 free masks

The Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center, which is located by St. Elizabeth hospital, a senior living community, and a nursing home. File photo
Inslee lifts visitation ban at long-term care facilities

Starting Wednesday, a four-phase plan will allow restrictions at nursing homes to gradually be relaxed.

A client searches for clothing at the Kiwanis Clothing Bank location in 2016. Leah Abraham/File photo
Kiwanis Clothing Bank will shutter unless it can find a new home

The clothing bank has been supporting Renton for over 50 years, but has had trouble finding a new home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I-5 to close overnight in Federal Way Aug. 28-30

5-mile shutdown for new bridge construction at 70th Avenue East in Fife

Most Read