A 35-year-old man was arrested around 9:30 am at Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street in Seattle after he grabbed a 4-year-old child and attempted to pull him away from his family, Seattle police reported Sunday.
The family of the child was participating in the Susan G. Komen’s Puget Sound Race for the Cure near the Seattle Center. Just before 9:30 am, at Fifth Avenue and Broad Street, a stranger approached the child and grabbed him, pulling him away from his grandmother’s hand. The child’s aunt confronted the man and told him to let go. The suspect did, and then took off running. The child was not injured.
The child’s father and uncle followed the suspect to Fourth and Cedar, where they alerted a Seattle Police officer on traffic control. The officer took the suspect into custody and called for patrol officers, who arrived immediately.
According to the family, another family approached them while they were following the suspect and informed them that the suspect had attempted to grab another child earlier on the route. Officers were unable to locate the earlier victim, witnesses or family.
The 35-year-old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of kidnapping, according to Det. Mark Jamieson. Detectives will conduct an investigation.