UPDATE: Man Attempts to Abduct Child in Bathroom of Burien Albertson’s
UPDATE 9 p.m. 9/29/12: A 32-year old man was arrested Saturday (Sept. 29) after assaulting an 11-year old boy in a grocery store bathroom in Burien.
The incident occurred just after Noon in the Albertson’s store at SW 128th and First Ave South, police said. The boy went into the bathroom while his family shopped. The suspect entered the bathroom and grabbed the boy by the neck and told him he would “kill him.”
The boy fought the suspect off and as they struggled, the bathroom stall door was slamming open and shut. An employee in the break room next to the bathroom heard the commotion and went to investigate.
When the employee opened the bathroom door she saw the suspect naked from the waist down holding the boy in a bear hug. The employee grabbed the boy and pulled him out of the bathroom while trying to block the suspect from leaving.
The suspect fled and ran towards the front of the store as the employee and boy yelled for help. A group of store employees caught the suspect before he could leave the store. The employees tackled him and held him down until police arrived.
Police credit the boy for fighting back and the employees for coming to his aid.
“The employees acted very quickly and did the right thing,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. “They stopped what could have been every parent’s nightmare.”
The suspect, who said he was homeless, was booked in the King County Jail.
The case will be sent to the King County Prosecutors Office for the filing of charges.
Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office sent out a Tweet around 12:45 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 29) stating that an adult man is in custody after attempting to abduct a child in the bathroom of the Albertson’s located at SW 128th and First Ave South in Burien.
Here’s her Tweet:
Cindi West @kingcosoPIO
1 adult man incustody after attempting to abduct child in bathroom at Albertson’s 128/1 Ave S. Burien. Sheriff Strachan will be at scene.
KING-TV is reporting:
The Sheriff’s office say an 11-year-old boy was in the store with his parents and siblings and went to use the bathroom. When he went inside, a man attacked him and started to choke him.
The boy began screaming and fighting and tried to get away. He got his hands on the door and the suspect tried to trap him in the bathroom.
Store employees heard the struggle and ran to help and found the boy’s fingers in the door as he tried to escape.
Employees shoved the door open and the boy ran out.
The man, who was partially undressed, tried to get away but the store employees tackled him and held him until police arrived.
The man was arrested.