Just posted to SPD Blotter – a fast-thinking witness helped police catch a suspect after a child was kidnapped and threatened with rape:
Police arrested a 26-year-old man Monday evening for the kidnapping and attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl in (South Park).
The suspect grabbed the girl and dragged her into a wooded area after she asked him for directions to the library. He reportedly ordered the girl to have sex with him or he’d rape her.
A witness driving by saw the girl frantically running from the woods and screaming for help. He pulled over, saw the suspect running away and called 911 to provide a detailed description.
Officers arrived quickly and spotted the suspect near the scene of the crime. He was arrested and booked into King County jail for investigation of kidnapping and rape.
We called SPD to ask more specifics about the location – they say it happened in the 8800 block of 7th Avenue South.
ADDED: Our partners at The Seattle Times report that the 26-year-old suspect was in court Tuesday afternoon for a bail hearing, at which time his bail was set at $250,000. We checked Washington court records and he does not appear to have any prior felony convictions. It will be up to prosecutors to decide – likely by Thursday – whether he will be charged.