OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Jim Walter thought it was a neighbor's kid at his back door. But soon he realized it was a stranger who Walter feared might kill him.

I could have been dead, said Walter.

Around six p.m. Tuesday, Walter said the man barged his way into Walter's home on Littlerock Road in Olympia. Walter said the man knocked him to the ground and began hitting and kicking him in the head and ribs.

Five, six, eight, ten times, I don't know, said the 67-year-old, who is partially paralyzed after a year-long bout with pneumonia.

Walter said the man eventually stopped attacking him, grabbed Walter's keys and stole his 2004 Jeep Wrangler.

Walter called 911 and after he described his Jeep to dispatchers. Police saw it driving out of Walter's neighborhood.

State troopers, along with deputies from Thurston and Lewis counties, eventually using spike strips to stop the Jeep nearly 20 miles down I-5 near Napavine.

Once stopped, police said the man tried to drive away again, but they were able to stop him moments later by ramming their cars into the Jeep.

Walter said he was tickled to hear of the arrest.

I hate to say this, Walter told KING 5 News. My understanding was they were ready to shoot him and my comment was, 'Too bad you didn't.

The 29-year-old suspect is held at the Thurston County Jail on $50,000. He has no prior criminal convictions.

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