A man who touched off a citywide manhunt when he allegedly confronted the mother of his young daughter in the University District Tuesday and then took off with the child was ordered held today on probable cause for investigation of felony harassment-domestic violence.
On Tuesday, Seattle police asked for the public’s help in locating Eric Carney, 39, and the child. An item posted on the department’s online blotter said the child was one month old, but her age is listed as one year old in the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Carney.
While the blotter post says Carney is under court order not to contact the woman, the statement says the court order names Carney as the petitioner and the woman as the respondent. The order between the two could not be found in a search of court records, though Carney was the subject of a temporary protection order in 2012 involving a different woman.
According to the probable-cause statement, Carney’s 26-year-old ex-girlfriend and her daughter have been staying at a domestic violence shelter. The document does not indicate why she was in the shelter.
Just before noon Tuesday, the woman and child were at a bus stop near 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 52nd Street when Carney confronted her, the statement says. He held his daughter for a short time, and his ex-girlfriend then returned to the shelter with the child, packed her belongings and told staff she wasn’t safe since Carney knew where she was, according to the statement.
She returned to the same bus stop with her daughter and a female friend and was again confronted by Carney, who took off with the child in a stroller and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, the statement says. The women returned to the shelter and called 911, it says.
Carney was arrested around 5 p.m. Tuesday at a Capitol Hill apartment building and the girl was found unharmed, according to police. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail, jail records show.