Seattle WA Nov 5 2008
By: Bryan Hill
Authorities are giving credit to a local security officer’s keen eye for the arrest of an area man wanted for rape.
The Wal-Mart security officer was directly responsible for his capture said Seattle police Friday .
Police chief Gil Kerkilowske presented 25-year-old Abbi Allen with a certificate of appreciation during a late-morning ceremony at police headquarters
You are to be commended for your courage so thank you very much,” Kerlikowske said. “Thank you.”
Allen is a loss prevention agent at a local Wal-Mart and had seen pictures of 35-year-old Franklin David Antill, who police believe raped a woman in her Wallingford home on Oct. 20.
Police say that Allen was viewing security video when she spotted Antill in the store on several occassions. Police say that he stole several items after the attack, including the victim’s credit cards and was using them in the store, so the officer knew what to look for.
As Allen studied the video footage, as luck would have it, the man that she was looking at walked back into her store in person.
Detective Chris Young said that Antil was even wearing the same clothes and Allen immediately called 911.”
Police was able to get to the store while Antill was still there and took him into custody. He’s being held for investigation of rape and robbery. A judge set bail for Antill at $1 million Friday.
Police agree that it was the alertness and dedication of the security officer that lead to the quick apprehension of the rape suspcect.