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June 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Sex offender held in kidnapping of girl from Beacon Hill park

A Level III sex offender was arrested last night after he kidnapped a little girl from a Beacon Hill park, according to Seattle police.

Police said the girl’s father called police just before 7 and said that a man had attempted to “touch his little girl.” The caller also said the attacker was surrounded by people in the 9300 block of Carkeek Drive South.

When police arrived they found three men beating a fourth man, who was on the ground.

Officers quickly learned that the man on the ground had kidnapped a 6-year-old girl from a neighborhood park.

According to the victim and witnesses at the scene, the 6-year-old girl was at Benefit Park playing with her siblings when the man approached and asked her to leave with him. The girl refused, so the man grabbed her by the hand and pulled her three blocks away from the park. The little girl managed to break free and run away to safety.

The girl’s father and friends caught up to the man as he tried to run away. The man assaulted one of the people as he tried to flee.

Seattle Fire Department medics responded and treated the suspect at the scene.

The 30-year-old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of kidnapping.  Police said he was wearing a state Department of Corrections (DOC) GPS tracking device on one of his ankles.

The 6-year-old girl was not physically injured, according to police.

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