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SENTENCING UPDATE September 14, 2015 —
Michael Pitlick was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday.

CAPTURE UPDATE August 28, 2015 —
Michael Pitlick pleaded ‘guilty’ to attempted kidnapping in King County Superior Court on Friday.

He’s set to be sentenced September 11th.

CAPTURE UPDATE February 5, 2015 —
Michael Pitlick pleaded not guilty to Kidnapping in the 2nd degree and Vehicle Theft in King County Superior Court on Thursday.

He continues to be held on $250,000 bail.

CAPTURE UPDATE January 23, 2015 —
The suspect, Michael Pitlick, is set to be arraigned on kidnapping and vehicle theft charges on February 5th.

He is being held on $250,000 bail.

FUGITIVE CAPTURED January 21, 2015 —
The King County Sheriff’s Office says the auto theft suspect has been identified and arrested, after Q13 FOX News viewers called in tips to Crime Stoppers.

Detectives say the suspect is expected to be charged with kidnapping and theft.suspect1

FUGITIVE WANTED IN KING COUNTY January 20, 2015 —
King County sheriff’s detectives have released new video of the man near Covington who stole a truck and trailer with a 2-year-old sleeping inside. They are hoping someone recognizes him.

Hailey Cole was on her gated private property hooking up the trailer when the thief jumped in her truck. Her son, Tyson, was sleeping in a car seat.

“I have an 8-foot bed so I was 9 feet away,” said Hailey.

She is filled with a mother’s righteous anger that someone put her little boy in danger.

“I just kept screaming, ‘You have my baby, you have my baby!'”

The trailer almost hit her as the crook sped off through the gate.

“I don't care if he didn't know that my son was in there. I don't hold forgiveness at this point,” said Hailey.

She rushed inside and called 911.

Deputies found the truck abandoned in a yard about three and a half miles away.

Tyson was all alone and still asleep.

"You find out you have a kid in the back, you don't just leave him there,” said Hailey.

Investigators say the crook ran to a little strip mall outside Covington, where he was caught on surveillance video trying to talk people into giving him a ride out of the area.

While Tyson is doing fine, Hailey still worries about what might have happened.

"He could have been with me hooking up the truck. He would have been right here and he could have been ran over by my own trailer because someone took it,” she said.

If you can tell King County detectives his name, call an anonymous tip into:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

CLICK HERE for information on how to TEXT A TIP to Crime Stoppers