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Woman says she was kidnapped at Federal Way mall, robbed

FEDERAL WAY — A shopper on her lunch break who was kidnapped and robbed from the Commons Mall in Federal Way says she concentrated on remembering the men’s faces.

The victim, Amy, said Tuesday, “My mind was, like, don’t be afraid, you’ll be alright, talk to them, don’t panic.”

SuspectsShe said she had just put her packages in her car in the parking lot on Oct. 4 when a light-skinned black man with a noticeable gap in his front teeth told her, “’Do you want to live?’ And I said, what? And he said, ‘You drive or you die.'”

She drove him around while he talked on the phone and then forced her to pick up another man.

Amy said she thought, “Oh my gosh, now I have two crazy people in my car.”

She said the second suspect was shorter than the first with a gold front tooth.  She said they kept showing her the gun and demanded she pay them.  She complied and went to the bank where she withdrew $1,000.

One of her kidnappers followed her to the bank but remained out of range of the surveillance camera, she said. After she drove them back to the mall, she said, they stole her ring.

She said, “It was my wedding diamond. For 35 years, it was on my finger.”

Federal Way police spokesman Cathy Schrock said the case is a good reminder to all shoppers this holiday season.

“You need to have your purse on your shoulder, your keys in your hand and everything else put away and your head up and you’re paying attention,” Schrock said. “If someone’s approaching you, you need to be headed in the other direction.”

Amy said she is still having nightmares and hopes someone recognizes the men and can tell detectives who they are.

“I want to see them caught!” she said.

There is a cash reward for information.  Call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-tips.  All calls are anonymous.

7 comments

  • Nick Telengech

    While it is unfortunate that this lady was kidnapped and robbed by these two criminals, it is questionable how she came to the conclusion that at least one of them was Kenyan. To the lady in question, 'Don't take me wrong; I sincerely feel sympathy for you on your ordeal and for the safety of our society at large'.
    However, I would like to know. How did Amy decide that the guy's accent was 'possibly Kenyan'? How Kenyan can an accent be to be so unique as to be narrowed down to that specific 'Kenyan' accent claimed by Amy?
    I am Kenyan. Kenya has OVER 40 dialects (definitely more), all with their different sounding twists and turns – accents. Can Amy recognize which one of these she heard?
    Some countries around Kenya and the rest of Africa share some of our dialect styles since their people(s) fall into Africa's common major language speaking groups e.g. Bantu, Cushites, Nilotes etc., hence similar accents. So Amy, was the accent you heard 'possibly' Kenyan. Are you sure? Congo? Algeria? No? Maybe South Africa? Hmm?
    The point is, unless you knew this fellow beforehand, it's best to know what you speak of before you throw accusations around. Same goes to media groups that support inevident lamentations.

  • Dennis

    Wow. Over-react much? She said possibly Kenyan, most likely because it was a vaguely "African" sounding accent ; You yourself just said there's over 40 dialects. I doubt she knew if it was Kenya or Algerian or South African. What matters is it describes a style and tone of speaking that a person might reference to help identify this criminal.

    would you rather she have said "African" so you could then complain that this was not specific enough and quote statistics about how many dialects spread across Africa? How about you get over your unnecessary fake self-righteousness, take a look at the sketch, and keep an eye out??

    That would be far more useful.

      • Dennis

        Maintain that all you want. Continue to mis-understand the point of the reference. Nobody has had their name tarnished. This report in no way has done anything except give people an idea of how a person sounded.

        tell you what…Come up with a better way for her to have described his accent. Illuminate us all.

        • Nick Telengech

          No need to play that 'what are you talking about?' card. You fully understand what I meant above. I therefore will continue maintaining my point.

  • Lisa

    Interesting that you would decide to post a 10/4 incident that allegedly occurred at the Commons the day before the biggest retail shopping weeekend of the year-Black Friday? Certainly makes me wonder where your advertising dollars are coming from? Clearly not the Commons:).

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