By Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
August 6, 2020, update.
The juvenile in this case came to Snohomish County detectives and reported that he made up the allegations of the 44-year-old attempting to kidnap him.
The juvenile told police he was in the apartment complex parking lot and hearing a noise from the woods, which he thought may be an animal, he said he walked into the woods and found the 44-year-old’s tent.
The juvenile said he opened the tent and saw the man sleeping with a unicorn pillow and the dolls inside the tent.
The boy said he was fearful he would get in trouble for being back there, so he made up the alleged attack.
Special Investigation Unit detectives continue to investigate this incident and are working with the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Original August 5, 2020, article.
At approximately 8:30 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, deputies responded to the 12100 block of 4th Avenue W and arrested a 44 year-old man for attempted kidnapping.
The victim, a 12-year-old boy, was running through an apartment complex when the suspect wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and a mask exited from the woods and attempted to grab him.
The victim stomped on the suspect’s foot and elbowed him to escape. The 12-year-old victim was able to run into the office of the apartment complex and alerted staff who called 911.
Deputies responded to the scene and searched the area for the suspect. In nearby woods, deputies located a tent and the 44-year-old suspect was found sitting inside. He was wearing a hat with fake hair attached, a black mask, a black zip-up jacket and a black hooded sweatshirt overtop.
At the time of the arrest, the 44 year-old suspect was in possession of a unicorn pillow and multiple dolls with genitalia drawn on them.
The 44-year-old male was arrested without incident and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for attempted kidnapping.
Special Investigation Unit detectives continue to investigate this incident.