Older Brother Credited With Thwarting Kidnap Attempt

April 12, 2006
By KOMO Staff

PIERCE COUNTY – A 14-year-old boy is being credited with potentially
saving his little brother from being abducted Tuesday evening.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies say it was around 7:30 when an
8-year-old boy and his older brother were playing at the end of a
dead-end street in the 11700 block of 107th Street SW in the Arrowhead
area of Pierce County. That’s when a man then came out of the woods and
began talking to the boys.

The man asked if they liked football, if they could run fast, and if
they’d heard about a boy in a gray hooded sweatshirt who’d been
kidnapped. Eight-year-old Drew was wearing this same gray hooded

The man then allegedly grabbed Drew and put him in a headlock, then
dragged him toward his car, which was parked at the end of the road.

But the would-be kidnapper let go after the boy’s older brother, Robbie,
armed himself with a screwdriver and called 911 on his cell phone.

“I had a bad feeling the first second I seen him,” said Robbie. “I had it
going right in my gut.”

The man drove off in an older four-door car (possibly a Chevy) with flat
black paint, black rims, two stereo speakers mounted on the rear deck,
and blue speaker cones.

The boys ran to a nearby police officer’s house for help but by then the
kidnapper was gone.

The suspect is described as a white man in his early 30s, 6 feet tall
with a heavy build, short dark hair that was slicked back, a goatee, and
pock marks on his face.

He had headphones around his neck and was wearing a black short sleeve
shirt and blue jeans.

As for what would have happened if Robbie hadn’t been with his little
brother? “He probably would have took me,” Drew said.

Pierce County sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer echoed the concern. “If the kid
had been by himself who knows what would have happened,” he said. “It’s
just another unfortunate example why you can’t play alone anymore.”

If you have any information, call the Pierce County Sheriff Department or
CrimeStoppers at (253) 591-5959.

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