Northwest NEWS

June 25, 2001

Features

Kidnap suspect nabbed in downtown Seattle

by Jeanette Knutson
   Staff Writer
   Early last Friday morning authorities arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a 6-year-old Kingsgate boy.
   The man is being held in King County Jail on a $1 million bond. Charges (likely to be first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault) were filed after this paper went to press.
   The arrest occurred around 2:30 a.m. near Seventh Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle as the suspect apparently returned to the 2001 Subaru Forester he had been driving. King County Sheriff's detectives and members of the Puget Sound Fugitive Task Force tracked the Subaru then staked out the car, awaiting the man's arrival.
   The suspect's apprehension came roughly seven hours after police, acting on a tip, burst through the door of a Kingsgate apartment finding the missing 6 year old. The suspect was not in the apartment when authorities rescued the boy.
   The ordeal began sometime last Wednesday evening when the youngster disappeared from his Kingsgate neighborhood in the vicinity of Northeast 143rd Street and 124th Avenue Northeast. The child's family searched the immediate area, checked friends' homes, found his bicycle, but not him. Then they phoned 911.
   Over a 24-hour period, area children, teens and adults worked with sheriff's detectives, Task Force members and the FBI to bring about a successful resolution to the case.
   The boy had last been seen talking to a man near his home in the Kingsgate Meadows Apartments complex.
   Neighbors reported a man driving a late model white Subaru Forester had told them that he had lost his child and was looking for him. It has also been reported that a teacher at Woodmoor Elementary School saw a similar car driving through the school parking lot the evening of the boy's abduction.
   After seeing a television report about the kidnapping, a resident of the Cascade Pines apartment complex, about 2 blocks away from the young boy's home, went to authorities saying the suspect might live there.
   Police stormed the apartment and found the frightened child.
   The boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, found to be in satisfactory condition, and released to his parents. He told his mother that he had been beaten with a belt when he tried to escape.
   It has been reported that pornography was found in the suspect's apartment and prosecutors at the bail hearing reported the suspect had been convicted of raping a child in Massachusetts and of at least one domestic-violence assault against his partner here in Washington.
   Reports also indicate the suspect denies the facts of the case and the prior convictions.
   Detectives continue to investigate all aspects of the case.