From Hiedi: This happened not to far from where I work- Another news station reported the boy was taken to a local ER to be checked out and luckily is only shaken up and sustained soft tissue injuries. The store manager is glad his employees did the right thing.
BURIEN, Wash. - A stringy-haired man who tried to abduct an 11-year-old boy in the rest room of a Burien supermarket Saturday was tackled by employees and held until police arrived to arrest him, says King County Sheriff Steve Strachan.
The drama unfolded Saturday at about noon when the boy and his parents were shopping at the Albertson's store at SW 128th Street and 1st Avenue South in Burien.
The boy went to use the store's rest room, and shortly afterward a man with long, stringy black hair entered the rest room, grabbed the boy by the throat and threatened to kill him, Strachan said.
There was a struggle, and some nearby employees who heard the commotion went to see what was going on.
As they approached the rest room, they saw the boys' fingers stuck in the door. He was struggling to pull himself out of the bathroom as the suspect held the door shut tight on the boy's fingers.
The employees then banded together and pushed the door open to let the boy free.
The boy ran out to find his parents, and the suspect also bolted from the rest room toward the front of the store to run outside and get away.
At that point, five or six male and female employees then tackled and "hog-piled" onto the suspect, Strachan said, and stopped him. The suspect was partly clothed but his pants were down.
The employees remain piled on top of the suspect until deputies arrived and took him into custody.
Strachan described him as a white male in his 30s, about 5-feet-7-inches in height, 150 pounds, with long, stringy hair. The sheriff said he had no weapons but some used and dirty syringes fell out of his pockets when the employees tackled him. He also had possible illegal drugs.
It's not clear if the suspect lives in the area. He now faces possible charges of felony assault and attempted abduction. Strachan said.
The 11-year-old boy was shaken up and sustained minor injuries to his fingers in the assault.
One of the store employees was also bitten by the suspect, but the bite did not break the skin, Strachan said.
He said the family always does its grocery shopping at this Albertson's store and has never had any problems there before.
Strachan highly commended the store employees who took the initiative to rescue the boy, tackle the suspect and hold him until law enforcement officials arrived at the scene.