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June 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Man accused of grabbing child near Seattle Center charged with attempted kidnapping

A 35-year-old Edmonds man was charged today with second-degree attempted kidnapping for allegedly trying to snatch a 4½-year-old boy Sunday during a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event near the Seattle Center.

Tra Young is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge on June 19. He remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Young, the alleged victim and his family were attending the event at Seattle Center on Sunday morning. Standing near the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Broad Street, the boy was holding his aunt’s hand when Young approached from behind and grabbed the child’s left arm, pulling him from his aunt’s grasp, the statement says.

The boy’s uncle ran and grabbed Young’s jacket and asked what he was doing, according to the statement. The uncle told police Young said he thought the boy was his nephew and then ran away, the statement says.

The uncle and other family members followed Young to see if he was in fact there with relatives, but Young kept running, according to the statement. The family flagged down a patrol officer, and Young was arrested at Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street, the statement says.

While the boy’s family members were chasing Young, another family told them Young had tried to grab another child, but the probable-cause statement doesn’t include any more information about the alleged incident.

Court records show Young has a long criminal history, mostly involving illegal drugs, but none of his past crimes involved sex offenses or assaults on children.

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