July 2, 2001
Charges filed in abduction
by Jeanette Knutson
First-degree kidnapping charges were filed against Richard Dunn, 39, the man arrested for the suspected abduction of 6-year-old Davry Chen of Kingsgate. Dunn is being held in King County Jail on $1 million bail. If convicted, he faces close to six years in prison. But prosecutors, pointing to his past criminal record, are considering seeking a more severe sentence and pressing additional charges for the child pornography found in his apartment.
Arraignment is scheduled for July 6 in King County Superior Court.
It was his distinctive head wound that made witnesses remember him. At least three people recalled a man with such a wound driving around their Kingsgate neighborhood in a white Subaru Forester on the evening of June 20. They said he asked young boys to help him find his lost son.
It was the image of that forehead scab ‹ so widely broadcast in local print and visual media ‹ that made a Seattle woman snap to action on June 22. Coming face to face with a man having such an injury, the woman rushed to a neighbor's home to call 911 after Dunn, an acquaintance, came to her home admitting he was in trouble and needed to get away.
Young Davry also recalled a head sore on the man who snatched him and kept him against his will in a third-floor Kingsgate apartment. Davry later told authorities that the man had a large "cross" on his forehead.
Richard Dunn has such a head wound. And he apparently has told two versions of the story behind this conspicuous mark ‹ that he got the sore in a car accident and that he got the scrape in a nasty fall in a restaurant parking lot the night of the abduction. But Dunn has told only one version of the kidnapping story. According to charging papers, he denied any abduction, knew nothing about it or the boy found in his apartment. He claimed that he blacked out because of too much to drink.
Authorities continue to investigate Dunn's criminal history. He volunteered information about a statutory rape arrest, but because that crime was committed when he was a juvenile, those records are sealed, said King County Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart.
Police are looking into and trying to confirm any charges or convictions he may have had as an adult, said Urquhart.
It has been reported that his record is dotted with charges or convictions including assault and battery, fraud and domestic violence. And an emerging story within this story is the fact that the owner of the Subaru Forester police believe Dunn was driving the night of the kidnapping and the man to whom his Kingsgate apartment is leased ‹ Dunn's longtime partner and business associate Brandon D. Walcutt, 31 ‹ is missing.
"We're only interested in him from the standpoint that he has a longtime relationship with Dunn, both personal and business, and since we're contacting as many people as possible who know Dunn, we're interested in speaking with Walcutt," said Urquhart.
Major Crimes detectives first believed Walcutt had simply left town after arguing with Dunn. However they became increasingly concerned about his welfare when they were not able to locate him nor anyone who has seen or heard from him for over a month.
"We fear some sort of foul play may have befallen him," said Urquhart.
Walcutt was last heard from on May 13 after he spoke by phone with members of his family. He is 5'10", 130 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. Detectives not only want to check on his welfare, but also want to interview him about what he knows of Dunn's prior activities.
Anyone who has seen Walcutt or who might know of his whereabouts should call the King County Sheriff's office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.