At about 7:05 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the 1000 block of Alaskan Way for a report of an attempted child abduction, the Seattle Police Department said.
But that report was wrong — it was not an attempted child abduction.
Instead, police said, a 30-year-old woman who was eating in the outside area of the restaurant had shoved a 13-year-old boy for unknown reasons and then shoved the boy’s father when he confronted her.
The woman then grabbed a boy, estimated to be 4 or 5 years old, and held him in a bear hug and refused to release him to his mother until the father intervened and rescued the boy, police said.
The woman then fled on foot and was taken into custody a short distance away by Washington State Patrol troopers.
She was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, police said.
The younger boy and his parents had boarded a ferry and left the area before Seattle police could interview them, police said.