Child abducted in Klahanie, released unharmed
January 20, 2009
This report was later revealed to be a hoax.
A 10-year-old Endeavour Elementary School girl was abducted while riding her bike in the Madison Place neighborhood of Klahanie at about 4 p.m. Jan. 19.
A man driving a blue, beat up pickup with tinted windows “grabbed her and threw her in the truck, put her bike in the back and drove to the Issaquah Highlands, where he panicked and let her go,” according to an e-mail sent to the community from an unnamed neighbor.
The girl was unharmed, according to an e-mail from the Issaquah School District.
“The man went about 1½ miles with the girl kicking at him and screaming the entire way,” King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Urquhart wrote in a press release Wednesday. “The suspect pushed her out of the truck and put her bicycle on the sidewalk before leaving.”
“At this point, the case is still under investigation, but it does appear to be a legitimate kidnapping,” Urquhart wrote.
District officials are reminding parents and students that they should:
♦ always walk to and from school or other locations in groups.
♦ use paved walkways – not shortcuts through wooded areas.
♦ not interact with any unknown people or animals.
If your child encounters a dangerous situation with a stranger, district officials recommend using part of the Step Defense program:
♦ Step back away from the stranger.
♦ Keep a “bubble of safety” of at least 15 feet between you and the stranger. Once you are more than 15 feet away, the chances of them re-engaging you are small.
♦ Draw attention to yourself by yelling as loud as you can. Yelling “stranger” rather than “help” lets everyone within earshot know that this is not a game.
♦ Get slippery. Pull your arms into your chest (without crossing them). By keeping your arms close to your torso, you are harder to grab by the arms.
♦ Run to safety — any place where there are other people. First choice is to run to adults. The second choice is to run to children. Never run and hide. You need witnesses. The rules to running: Look where you are running (not behind you). You are not allowed to get tired until you are safe.
♦ Bite. If a stranger grabs you, fight back. You do not need to become a victim. The best weapon for everyone is biting. The human bite has between 100 and 200 pounds of pressure. Rules to biting: Step toward the attacker; bite whatever is closest; bite as hard as you can; and don’t stop biting until he or she lets you go. Then, run to safety.