White Center Crime Watch: Sunday night burglary attempt might be linked to recent kidnap attempt

Just in from King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West:

A residential burglary attempt of an occupied house occurred on Sunday night on the same street as an attempted abduction of a 3 year old child last week. Detectives believe it may be the same suspect in both cases.

In the latest incident, the suspect attempted to enter a bedroom window of a house in the 10400 block of 3 Ave SW just after 10 pm. A 1 year old child was sleeping in the room and the child’s mother had stepped out of the room for a moment but returned and saw the suspect pushing on the window screen. The child’s mother screamed and the suspect fled.

A relative who was home at the time jumped out the window and chased the suspect losing him near SW106th and 2 Ave SW. The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie and tan shorts.

When deputies arrived in the area they saw a red Mazda Pickup driving quickly out of the area. When deputies tried to stop the vehicle, a female passenger exited the vehicle and the vehicle sped off. The vehicle crashed a short distance away and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect was wearing clothes that matched those of the burglary suspect and was described as “tall and skinny.”

The vehicle was determined to have been stolen from Seattle on May 31st.

The previous incident on the street was on June 2nd when a suspect attempted to abduct a 3 year old child from his yard. The child’s mother was able to fight with the suspect to keep him from taking the child.

In the first incident is the suspect was described as a male, approximately 6’0 tall, and skinny. He wore a full mask, dark gloves, and all black clothing including a tight dark shirt, dark pants, and dark shoes.

Here’s our story from the previous incident two weeks ago.

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5 Responses to “White Center Crime Watch: Sunday night burglary attempt might be linked to recent kidnap attempt”

  1. White Center Parent Says:

    This is so frightening! Have the police released any other identifying information about the suspect? If he was wearing shorts, then I expect they would know his skin tone. Do they have the female in custody or any description of her? I hope they can get prints off of the vehicle. I am sure the police know a lot more than they can tell us right now, but if they have any more information on the physical description of either the male or female suspects it would help the citizens in helping to identify suspicious individuals (and this I believe would put us more at ease). Do you know if the police are planning to hold a community meeting or anything to discuss these events?

  2. I have 2 small children and live a few blocks away from where this happened and I too am terrified and baffled about the lack of information. Why did it take 2 days to hear about this? Are there any tips on how to protect ourselves against these people? After the first attempt I kept my kids extra close when we were out but now they’re breaking into bedrooms?! No sleep for me I guess.

  3. Have the police interviewed the female that was seen getting out of the Mazda pick up?

  4. I posted this on WSB but will repost here because I think it’s important:

    I hope they catch this creep quickly and 1)get him help 2)put him away for a good long while. That said, let us not allow fear to distract us from the fact that violent crime is on the decrease nationally, in fact has not been at such a low level since before the advent of color TV. Overall, our kids are pretty safe!

    To put it another way: The Department of Justice reports that of the 800,000 children reported “missing” in the United States each year, 115 are the result of “stereotypical kidnapping” — a stranger snatching the child. (That’s less than one THOUSANDTH of one percent.) About 90 percent of abductees return home within 24 hours and the vast majority are teenage runaways. – See more at: http://www.freerangekids.com/crime-statistics/#sthash.Ybgjt9PU.dpuf

    Of all children under age 5 murdered from 1976-2005 –
    31% were killed by fathers
    29% were killed by mothers
    23% were killed by male acquaintances
    7% were killed by other relatives
    3% were killed by strangers

    It’s never excusable to harm a child, but I take comfort in the knowledge that most people out there are more likely to protect them.

  5. WestSeattleDood Says: