Isaac Sissel, 23, and an unidentified woman, 19 years old, was living in his vehicle for the past two weeks following a meeting that took place several weeks prior, KTTH's “The Jason Rantz Show” revealed on, according to an arrest report issued by the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Sissel was reported to have been abusive towards the woman who, according to police, later admitted that he threatened to kill her every day.
In the early hours of May 9, a close friend of the young man called police and claimed that Sissel had taken the “girl in his car and her cat hostage,” according to the recording of the call that was obtained through Jason Rantz. The friend added that Sissel was an escaped felon, who was driving around in a car that was stolen with a knife and may have been possessing firearms, and that it was the last time they had been in a relationship in the words of KTTH.
Police were at the Grand Army Cemetery in the 1200 block of East Howe Street, and officers located the suspect and victim, however Sissel is believed to have fled with the 19-year old in the car after spotting emergency lights, according to the outlet. The police chased the suspect and, in a report, they later said that a 911 call shortly was received from the victim. However, Rantz pointed out that Sissel was the one who did the majority of the speaking.
“It is an illegal pursuit and my license is suspended, and this is an illegal pursuit … They're not supposed to be able to pursue,” Sissel declared, according to KTTH. Sissel also pleaded with the dispatcher to stop the chase. to the pursuit and mentioned a law from 2021 that was passed in Washington State that restricted officers in their ability to pursue suspects during car chases. Sissel was later arrested after the spike strip was put down and the car was stopped.
The legislation, a Democrat-backed one, House Bill 1054, came into effect in July. It stops officers from following suspects in car chases unless there's probable reason to believe that the person has was involved in a violent or sexual violation or there is a an indication that the driver is under the influence. The law also restricts officers' ability to employ tear gas, as well as military equipment. Rantz said that the circumstances that led to the 911 call of a friend qualified the officers in their pursuit of the vehicle.
After talking to the victim, police wrote in their reports that the victim claimed Sissel “threatens to kill her approximately 10 times a day.” She also made cellphone recordings wherein Sissel claimed that he was more concerned about his car that her own life.
The online inmate record shows that the accused was accused of harassment and trying to evade officers, and his bail was set at $30,000.