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November 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM
Seattle police are investigating an attempted abduction of two children from an after-school program at a Queen Anne elementary school.
According to police, the suspect approached a staff member at the program housed at Coe Elementary, in the 2400 block of Seventh Avenue West, at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Thursday and said he was there to pick up two children.
The suspect knew the full names of both children and claimed he had been asked to pick them up by their father, who was reported to have had car trouble, police said.
The staff member followed protocol and told the suspect he needed to show ID in the program’s office before signing the children out for the day.
The suspect never showed up at the office, so staff contacted the kids’ father. Police were called after the father told employees his car had not broken down and he had not asked anybody to pick up his children.
Police said the suspect was described by staff as a light-skinned male in his late 40s to 50s, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, medium to heavy build. He was wearing a beige winter coat and a dark-beige baseball cap, and had gray hair, stubble and squinty eyes.
Police are looking at several leads in the case and continue to investigate.
September 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM
UPDATE| 1:32 p.m:
Everett police have released a link to a surveillance video they say shows a suspect in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from an apartment overnight.
YouTube link: http://youtu.be/Cm2MOBYVSek
The suspect appears in a dark shirt, light pants and light shoes in the surveillance video, police said. Police said he can be seen leaving the complex carrying something large, believed to be the child, about 50 seconds into the video.
Anyone with information about the suspect should call the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at 425-257-8450.
In addition, police are asking anyone who was near either apartment or on the Interurban Trail early this morning between 112th Street Southeast and the Everett Mall to call if they saw anything suspicious.
Police were first called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after a 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, according to police spokesman Aaron Snell.
About an hour later, officers were dispatched to an apartment complex a mile away, 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 suspect 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, Snell 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, he said, but declined to elaborate.
Snell said investigators believe the suspect was a stranger to the child.
February 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM
Seattle police are searching for a white van after a man driving the vehicle apparently tried to abduct a woman in the 8500 block of Fremont Avenue North.
Police say a woman was walking in the area around 8 p.m. when a white van pulled up to her. A man wearing a black mask jumped out of the vehicle, grabbed the woman and pulled her inside.
The woman fought frantically and managed to free herself, police say, and the van then drove off. The woman sustained minor scrapes and scratches to her hands.
In a Twitter post, police described the van as having the letters XYF spray-painted on the side.
April 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM
A 4-month-old baby and the child’s baby-sitter were apparently abducted Thursday afternoon by a woman engaged in a dispute over a debt with the baby’s mother, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Both the child and baby-sitter were later found unharmed at a residence in Everett, but the suspected abductor has not been located, sheriff’s Lt. Rob Palmer said in a news release issued Thursday night.
Around 4:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies received a report about the abduction and initially thought the suspect had taken the child and the baby-sitter to a motel in the 200 block of 128th Street Southwest in unincorporated Snohomish County, according to Palmer. When deputies arrived, they learned the woman had left the motel, apparently with the child and possibly the baby-sitter, he wrote.
As police were preparing to issue an Amber Alert, the baby’s mother received a phone call from the suspect around 6:25 p.m., who provided information that led deputies to a house in the 200 block of 107th Street Southwest in Everett, according to Palmer. There, deputies found both the child and baby-sitter safe and unharmed, but the suspect was not there, he said.
Palmer said in the news release that it is not yet known whether the suspect will face criminal charges.
“There are many facts that still need to be sorted out and confirmed before that occurs,” he wrote.
March 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Separate reports of an attempted child abduction and a child luring at Spokane have many parents on edge.
A Spokane Valley woman told officers she was looking out a window on Wednesday, watching her two children play in the back yard when she saw a man reach over the fence and try to pick up her 4-year-old son. The man ran off when she confronted him.
Also on Wednesday a Spokane woman told police she was at a bookstore in Northtown Mall with her 9-year-old daughter. They were separated when a man came up to the girl and asked if she wanted to go to the restroom with him.
The girl told her mother who called police. The man had fled.
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