Local heroes honored for rescuing boy from child abductor at Burien Albertson’s


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At Monday night’s (May 20) city council meeting, Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer honored some local heroes for intervening and successfully rescuing a 10-year old boy who was almost abducted at Albertson’s on First Ave South and South 128th Street last September (read our previous coverage here).

On Sept. 29, 2012, a suspect accosted and attempted to abduct the child in the bathroom at the Albertson’s. Store employees, becoming aware of a commotion, intervened and successfully rescued the child and after a struggle, detained the suspect pending the arrival of the police.

The hero employees were honored with the King County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Service Award, which is the Sheriff’s Office 7th highest award conferred to an individual or group who “demonstrate extremely meritorious dedication.”

Here’s the official wording on the award:

In recognition of your efforts on Sept. 29, 2012, when with disregard for your own safety you assisted in the capture and detention of an assault and abduction suspect, ensuring the safety of a child in danger.

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Teasha Ward, 22, and her mother Tonya as they react to seeing the surveillance footage of the events at Monday night’s city council meeting (video below). Teasha was the first employee to hear the boy cry out for help and respond. They are Burien residents. Photo by Justin Bennett.

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Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer, right, congratulates Spike Sherer, the Albertson’s store manager who tackled and detained the suspect, and Teasha Ward. Photo by Justin Bennett.

Here’s a video the King County Sheriff’s Office released that shows the hero employees detaining the suspect:

As we previously reported:

The incident occurred just after Noon (Sept. 29, 2012) 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.

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One Response to “Local heroes honored for rescuing boy from child abductor at Burien Albertson’s”
  1. Janet says:

    Congrats for a job well done. What took them so long to award the heroes?

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