Mom saves 3-year-old from apparent kidnapping attempt

12:22 PM: If you’re seeing King County Sheriff’s Deputies out in the 10400 block of 3rd SW and vicinity, they’re following up on a reported kidnapping attempt last night. King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West says a family was outside their home around 6 o’clock last night, having a barbecue, children playing, and the mom was running around keeping track of them when she felt someone brush by her – and suddenly saw a stranger with her 3-year-old son in his arms. She thought for a moment maybe it was a relative, and then realized something was wrong, and chased the man, who eventually fell down, at which time she struggled with him and eventually wound up lying on top of her child to keep the man from resuming the kidnap attempt. He kicked her repeatedly, Sgt. West says, but then just fled. The family in turn went indoors, locked up, closed the windows, and called 911.

Deputies brought out a K-9 but could not find the would-be kidnapper. KCSO is back in the area today trying again to pick up any track, since, Sgt. West said, this kind of brazen kidnap attempt from private property is so unusual. The only description she has is tall, lanky, dressed in black with a black ski mask over his face.

ADDED 2:25 PM: Sgt. West has just issued a news release about this. It’s all the same information we’ve reported above, with one addition: “If you have information about this crime you are asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.”

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2 Responses to “Mom saves 3-year-old from apparent kidnapping attempt”

  1. Scary. Thank God the mom was able to stop this predator. There have been two other attempted abductions of kids in the same age range in the last two days, one Saturday morning on Capitol Hill and another just this morning on Queen Anne. (links below) They did catch the guy in the Capitol Hill incident. Who knows if these three are related or not, but please keep your kids close!

  2. As a parent, if I see someone trying to do this, they will get a beat-down.