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Attempted child abductions, lurings

A number of of attempted child abductions and lurings have been reported in the Puget Sound region.

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FEDERAL WAY — A young 8-year-old girl fought off a man who is believed to have attempted to lure her Saturday afternoon near the Brigadoon Elementary School.

“I heard a guy who said, ‘Do you want some candy?’,” Nevaeh told investigators. “And I screamed, ‘No’ and I ran down the hill and I tripped.”

According to Nevaeh, she was walking across the Brigadoon Elementary School fields to meet up with some friends. It was then that a man approached her and offered her candy. When she ran, and then tripped, Nevaeh said the man caught up with her and grabbed her.

“That’s how the guy caught me — by the waist — and I started screaming,” Nevaeh said. “I started to scratch and bite and then he let go. I ran toward my friends and then back to my friend’s house.”

Nevaeh’s mother said the incident is unnerving. “It freaks me out and it’s that close to a school. I live close to the school so it would be safer,” Laurie, Nevaeh’s mother, said.

Neighbors said there was a similar attack on a young girl in May, but police don’t know if the incidents are related.

Sunday afternoon, Nevaeh and her mother went to the Federal Way Police Department to work with a sketch artist. Fortunately for police, Nevaeh said she has a good memory and can express herself well. She described the suspects as a Hispanic man in his 30s with brown hair and a mustache.

Police hope to release a composite sketch of the suspect Monday.

WEST SEATTLE — It is the fourth incident involving a man targeting children in West Seattle — a 10-year-old girl was walking to her mother’s car outside Hope Lutheran School while her mother was still inside when a man reportedly tried to lure her into his car.

According to police, the alleged luring happened about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

HopeLutheranThe girl was apparently almost to her mother’s car when she heard a man’s voice say, “Hey little girl, come get in the car with me and I’ll take you home.” The girl then ran to the car and locked herself inside.

She later told her mother was happened, who then called police.

With so many incidents in the area over the past few weeks, parents are being extra careful. The other incidents involved a man flashing young girls and Seattle police said they do not think the incidents are related.

“I’ve talked to (my daughter) and she’s aware of what’s going on and pretty much knows what to do. I just make sure I pull up and there’s always someone here to watch her walk in or i watch her walk in. If I’m ever late, she waits in the school until I get here,” Hope Lutheran School parent Ericka Cook said.

The girl that reported the attempted luring wasn’t touched or injured and she was not able to get a description of the suspect or his car.

Anyone with information should call 911.

Local News
09/25/13

Child abductions: First 3 hours the most critical in finding kids

SEATTLE — According to the FBI, when a child is abducted, the first three hours are the most critical in finding them.

About 74 percent of kidnap victims who are slain are killed within those first three hours, the FBI says.

Federal statistics show crimes against children peak in the afternoon, and that includes abductions. And stranger kidnappings are most likely to occur in the evening or very early morning hours when it’s still dark.

Everett police believe the 5-year-old girl kidnapped by a man from her apartment early Saturday morning was taken at about 3 a.m. She was found unharmed at about 4:30 a.m.

The FBI says most abduction cases involve family members involved in custody disputes — and 99 percent of those children are returned alive.

 

EVERETT — It’s a child abduction case that has shaken the community to the core, and Everett police are still on the hunt for the man who kidnapped a 5-year-old girl from her bedroom early Saturday morning.

The kidnapper is caught on surveillance video carrying the girl over his shoulder and away from the Mirabella Apartments on 800 block of 112th Street SE.

everett child kidnappingPolice believe it was a stranger who kidnapped the young girl. And in the end, it was also a stranger who helped her get back safely to her family.

It’s a knock on the door Erik King will never forget.

“Like really light knocking for about 10 minutes,” he said. “I didn’t get out of bed — I figured it was one of the cats or my son.”

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, he finally opened his apartment door.

“I was in disbelief,” he said.

What he saw was the young girl, partially dressed and lost.

“I have that picture engrained in my brain for the rest of my life. I feel horrible for her,” King said.

“I asked her why she was at my apartment. She said she couldn’t find her dad, so on and so forth — it’s all really blurry because I’m half awake,” he said.

Then the little girl mentioned the kidnapper to King.

“She was eerily calm and clear. She said a man took her — she thought it was her dad — but he then he had earrings, so that she knew he wasn’t.”

Everett police said the man’s intent was to sexually assault the girl, but for some reason the he let her go.

In their pursuit of the suspect K-9 units and man trackers have traced the suspect’s every step, but what they don’t have are any eye witnesses.

Detectives were canvassing three hot spots, including the 10900 block of 10th Drive SE in hopes that residents saw something.

“He was carrying a little child and I thought it was so odd — her arm was over his shoulders, but it wasn’t like a close hug,” Cindy Delei said.

The kidnapper took the girl to the nearby Interurban Trail and police believe in the process he could have walked through 10th Drive SE.

With the suspect on the loose, the community and parents are on edge. King said the whole thing still feels like dream.

“It’s an eye-opener, it’s like out of a movie.”

The suspect is described as a medium-brown skinned man with dark eyes and dark hair. He is under 6-feet tall with a lean to medium build. He was wearing a backward white baseball or painters cap. He also had a solid gold and a diamond stud on each ear.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the tip line at 425-257-8450

EVERETT —  Felipe Romo has three kids and his sons’ room is on the ground floor of his townhome. After hearing about the 5-year-old girl kidnapped early Saturday morning from a nearby apartment, he’s not taking any chances — Romo put a wooden crossbar and lock on the window so that no one can open it from outside.

“When we knew about this we were very worried because we don’t know if the guy is living around us,” Romo said. “We just moved here a month ago and we thought this was a quiet and safe neighborhood. Now we don’t know.”

abductAround 3 a.m. Saturday, Everett police said a man used a wooden pallet to climb through a first-floor window of an apartment complex in the 800 block of 112th Street SE. Surveillance video shows him carrying a young girl away on his shoulder.

“This seems completely legitimate that it was a stranger abduction,” officer Aaron Snell said. “Someone came into the house, abducted the girl, and took her with the intention of sexual assault but for some reason that didn’t happen. Fortunately, she was released and we were able to safely recover her.”

Police believe the man took the girl to the nearby Interurban Trail where they found her pajama bottoms. At 4:30 a.m. Saturday, the girl knocked on doors asking for help at another apartment complex about a mile from her home in the 1300 block of Bruskrud Rd.

“Hopefully they find the guy,” Jessica Brown said. “You always have to be careful with your kids, where they’re at and who they’re with. You have to know who they’re with 100 percent of the time.”

It’s a sentiment police are reiterating to area residents.

“This really is a tough situation. I’m a parent and it’s tough. We have to keep an eye on our kids and do have to take standard precautions, especially now,” Snell said.

Police said to make sure windows and doors are locked, that kids aren’t playing alone and to be on the lookout for anyone suspicious.

Detectives interviewed the 5-year-old victim Monday and she provided a few more details about the kidnapper. He is described as a shorter-than-average, dark-skinned man with no facial hair. He was wearing a white painter or baseball hat backwards and had blue and green tennis shoes. He had two earrings in each ear, one diamond and one gold stud.

Police believe when he left the Interurban Trail, he exited in a residential neighborhood in the 10900 block of 10th Street SE.  Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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09/23/13

Police search for child abduction suspect

abductionSEATTLE — A 5-year-old girl escaped from her abductor and police are searching for the man who grabbed her from her bedroom while she was sleeping.

Everett police released surveillance video of the suspect carrying the girl away from the Mirabella apartment complex in the 800 block of 112th Street SE. Police said they are getting dozens of tips about the case and need the public to contact them if they have any information.

Parents who live in the area are concerned about the well-being of their children. Jason Herrera was walking his young son to a nearby day care Monday morning, he said he heard about the incident and is concerned.

“It’s dangerous to know that it could happen around here,” Herrera said. “But, I watch out for this guy as much as I can — lock the doors. make sure he’s safe.”

Jessica Brown also uses a nearby daycare. She didn’t know about the kidnapping until Monday morning.

“It’s terrifying,” Brown said. “My kids go to day care right down the street. We’re lucky because it’s one of those day cares that you have to type in your pin number just to get inside. But you never think it will happen to you, but it can happen to anybody.”

Police said the abduction happened early Saturday morning and the suspect was likely on the nearby Interurban Trail at some point.

The girl described the suspect to police as a dark-skinned man, short and with a thin build. He was wearing blue and green tennis shoes, a white hat and earrings. He had two earrings in each ear, one diamond and one gold stud. The hat was a white baseball or painters hat that he wore backwards.

Anyone with information about the abduction is asked to call police.

Local News
09/22/13

Everett kidnapper on the loose

Everett Child AbductionEVERETT — Police continue to search for the man who kidnapped a 5-year-old girl from her bedroom early Saturday morning as her father slept nearby.

“It was kind of terrifying, honestly. You think that your kids are safe in their own house at night,” neighbor Lilly Keim said.

Keim is like a lot of mothers in the neighborhood who is worried about her children’s safety.

“To have some guy pretty much just take a little girl out of her bedroom in the middle of the night without her parents knowing is horrifying, absolutely horrifying,” Keim said.

The abduction happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Mirabella Apartments on 112th Street Southeast. Police said the man used a wooden pallet as a ladder to climb through a first-floor bedroom window. He grabbed the child and apparently left through the same window and police said surveillance video shows the abduction in progress.

The video is a little grainy but you can see the man carrying something over his shoulder that police believe is the young girl. Two-and-a-half hours later, the little girl walked out of the woods near the Interurban Trail. She was half naked and knocked on a door for help at the Tessera Apartments on Bruskrud Road. Police were called and a K-9 picked up a scent and linked the two apartment complexes.

“It’s frightening and it’s creepy and I’m still just freaked out because of all this,” neighbor Diana Capstin said.

Capstin and other mothers in the neighborhood have formed an unofficial “parents on patrol” group, watching out for everyone’s children until the suspect is caught.

“The mood around here has been (that) everybody is on guard. Everybody’s been watching each other’s kids. We have the buddy system until this guy is caught. We all want this guy caught because we’re all scared — a lot of us here have children,” Capstin said.

“I walked in to my son’s room to double check his window, and I wedged something in between it and my window… it’s kind of creepy,” Keim said.

Police said it appears the man intended to sexually assault the girl, but doctors found that no sexual assault occurred.

The description of the suspect is vague — he’s described as a dark-skinned man, short with a thin build, and wearing a white hat and white earrings.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

TACOMA — Tacoma police say a man tried to lure two middle schoolers into his car as the kids were walking to school Monday morning.

The mother and aunt of the kids is angry and want other parents to know it can happen to their child.

tacomalure“You are worried about them emotionally, you know, they are scared,” the mom said Tuesday.

The mother did not want to show her identity in order to protect her 11-year-old son and 12-year-old niece who escaped the luring attempt at the corner of 30th and Pearl streets in Tacoma.

“The suspect leaned across the car and rolled down the passenger window and said they were going to be late and they needed to get in the car,” said Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool.

When the kids refused, the man once again insisted they get in the car.

“They said no and started running,” said mom.

They sprinted seven blocks to Truman Middle School and never looked back.

“This can happen to anyone, any age, any place,” said Cool.

In the last three months, at least eight different child luring attempts have been reported in the Puget Sound area, including a close call in Monroe on Monday afternoon. A man allegedly grabbed a teen on her way home from school but luckily the girl got away.

“Report it to an adult immediately. Children now do have cell phones so they can call police departments and report it,” said Cool.

The Truman Middle School students told a guidance counselor about the strange incident hours later. The school has since sent out a letter asking parents to make their kids walk in pairs and fight back if someone tries to grab them.

“The principals make it a point in the beginning of every school year to review those safety tips with their students,” said Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel.

Although federal law requires schools to give kids lessons about online dangers, there are no rules when it comes to teaching them to protecting themselves on the streets. So it’s a case-by-case decision by each district on how they want to educate kids.

“In our elementary schools we have safe walking routes that we publish that is sent to students so parents can see what the safest routes for them to go to school,” said Voelpel.

But the mother says her son is too shaken up to walk to school  again until the suspect is caught.

“Do run, scream, do whatever you have to do to get away from the situation,” said the mom.

The suspect is described as a black man with a slight mustache. He is anywhere between 35 to 45 years-old. He was driving a white four-door sedan and wearing a Truman Middle School sweatshirt.

seattle policeSEATTLE — An attempted abduction in Monroe on Monday has many parents and students on edge.

Police say a man approached a 16-year-old girl as she was walking home from school in the 16900 block of Tester Road. The victim told officers the man grabbed her arm and said “come with me.” The girl was able to break free and run home where she then called police.

The suspect is described as white, 20-years-old, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds and has brown shaggy hair that hits his eyebrows.

Anyone with information on is asked to call Monroe police at 360-794-6300. Information can also be left on the department’s anonymous tip line at 360-863-4600.

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