Everett police detectives investigating the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her bedroom early Saturday believe the man who snatched her then dropped her off about a mile from her apartment headed south on the Interurban Trail, cut through a wooded area and walked west into a neighborhood in the 10900 block of 10th Drive Southeast, according to a police spokesman.
Someone in the neighborhood, described as an “alert resident” in a media release, possibly saw the suspect walking by, said police spokesman Officer Aaron Snell.
The neighborhood where the suspect is thought to have gone was identified by “man trackers” from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, he said. The location is a few blocks northeast of the girl’s apartment, making it appear as though the suspect doubled back to the area.
Police were first called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after the partially-clothed 5-year-old girl knocked at the door of an apartment in the 1300 block of Bruskrud Road in Everett and asked for help. Police took the child into their custody.
About an hour later, officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 800 block of 112th Street Southeast, after receiving a report about a screen missing from an open window. The occupant of the apartment was contacted and discovered his daughter was missing, Snell said.
Investigators say they think the intruder entered the girl’s ground-floor bedroom around 3 a.m. by removing the screen and climbing in by using a pallet as a ladder, he said.
A police dog followed a trail along the Interurban Trail from the girl’s home to the apartment where she sought help, Snell said. Evidence was found along the route, but Snell declined to elaborate.
Snell said investigators believe the kidnapper was a stranger to the child. Though it appears there was intent to sexually assault the girl, Snell said no sexual assault occurred. The girl was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.
On Saturday, police released a link to a surveillance video they say shows the suspect leaving the girl’s apartment complex carrying something large, believed to be the child, about 50 seconds into the video.
The man appears in a dark shirt, light pants and light shoes in the surveillance video, police said.
Anyone with information should call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8450.