Elderly man kidnapped, tricked into marriage

December 15, 2008

By Staff

Issaquah police have arrested two Bellevue women in a scheme to steal money from an elderly Issaquah man. 

The arrests took place Dec. 11 in Bellevue, according to Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. He said the women, ages 29 and 56, were reported to the police by King County Adult Protective Services after they tried to take advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old.According to the report, the women took the man from his Issaquah home to Bellevue District Court, where he was married to the 56-year-old. They then drove the man to his bank and tried, unsuccessfully, to withdraw money from his account. 

“Basically, they took advantage of our victim and tried to steal his money,” Behrbaum said. 

The two women are not related, he said. Neither has a prior arrest history. The man is safe, unharmed and being cared for.

After their arrest, the women were booked into the King County Jail pending arraignment on charges of kidnapping and attempted theft. As of Dec. 12, the marriage was in the process of annulment. Issaquah police sent the case to the King County Prosecutor’s Office on Dec. 15.

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