Topic: attempted kidnapping
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October 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM
Police have released this sketch of the man who attempted to abduct a young girl, and possibly a second child, last weekend in Federal Way.
The first victim, an 8-year-old girl, told police she was crossing the playfield at Brigadoon Elementary School, 3601 S.W. 336th St. around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a stranger asked her if she wanted candy. The girl refused and attempted to run away but stumbled, police said.
The man grabbed her from behind, but she scratched and bit the man’s hands, causing him to let her go, police said. She was then able to flee.
On Sunday around 11:30 a.m., a man with a similar description tried to abduct a 7-year-old boy from the same location, police said.
The second incident is still being investigated to determine if the two cases are related, police said. The man is described as between 30 and 50 years of age. He had a “reddish/purple” baseball hat that was worn sideways, a red bandana around his neck, a blueT-shirt, tan “tight” pants and black shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Michael Coffey at 253 835-6777 or, email at email@example.com.
June 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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.
April 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM
A man tried to kidnap a woman while she was walking home early yesterday morning, according to Mountlake Terrace police.
The 23-year-old Lynnwood woman told police said that she was walking in the 4600 block of 212th Street Southwest at 1:25 a.m. when a Saturn drove up with three men inside. One man inside the car asked if she needed a ride. When she refused he got out of the car and tried to pull her inside the vehicle, according to police.
The woman managed to fight off the man and ran home, police said.
That man is described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s with a goatee, white shirt, black pants and a silver necklace.
Police are asking that anyone with information abotu the attempted kidnapping call them at 425-670-8260 and ask to speak with a detective.
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