Bellevue man charged with kidnapping child at mall www.privateofficer.com
A 12-year-old boy told mall security Saturday afternoon that a man forced him into a handicapped stall in the men’s room, threatened him with a knife and exposed himself, police said.
They were interrupted when someone else entered the bathroom and went into the next stall. The boy said loudly: “I didn’t do anything to you,” and the man fled, police said.
The boy reported the incident to mall security. A police officer took a detailed description of the suspect from the boy and alerted patrol officers in the area.
An officer spotted a man matching the description on the 1300 block of 156th Avenue Northeast and arrested him, police said.
Prosecutors charged David Harry Alaumbaugh, 19, on Wednesday with first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation with a deadly weapon.
Police advised parents to think carefully about letting children go to a public restroom unaccompanied and to immediately report questionable activity.
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