Just in from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: Bail is set at $500,000 for the 25-year-old man accused of stealing an SUV from outside Seamart in Highland Park, with a 10-month-old baby girl in the back seat, abandoning it (and her) in White Center. As added to our coverage last night after he was booked into jail, he also has warrants in connection with three domestic-violence-related cases, one of which also involved taking a vehicle; court documents list his address as less than a block away from the scene of yesterday’s crime. The documents include a short police narrative of how it unfolded; adding that in a moment.
ADDED: Transcribed from the “probable cause” section of the document:
(The victim) stopped at 1513 SW Holden Street. He took his keys out of the ignition and entered the store. He left his 10-month old daughter in the back of the vehicle, but was only about 20 feet from the car. Within seconds of (the victim) entering the store, (the suspect) opened (the victim’s) car and started getting into his vehicle. (Video exists of this part of the incident.) (The victim) saw him entering his vehicle and ran toward the vehicle. He yelled that his baby was in the car and to not take the car. (The victim) was positive that (the suspect) heard what he said but took the car anyhow … The victim stated that the suspect left eastbound on SW Holden from that location.
A short time later, a call came in reporting that a vehicle (later identified as the victim vehicle) had been abandoned on the 700 block of SW 99th St. Officers responded to that location and found that the baby was unharmed. A description of the suspect was sent to officers over the air, and (the suspect) was located between the location of the abandoned vehicle and (his) house. He was detained and (the baby’s father) positively identified (the suspect) as the person who knowingly and intentionally abducted (the baby) while in the commission of an auto theft. Officers ran (the suspect’s background) and found that he had two warrants. One felony warrant out of Seattle for a no-contact order violation, and for taking a motor vehicle without permission … The second warrant is a King County misdemeanor warrant for domestic-violence assault 4th degree … (The suspect) was booked into KCJ for investigation of kidnapping, investigation of auto theft, and the two listed warrants.
The next hearing in the case is set for next Tuesday.