West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspect arrested after luring attempt, bail set at $100,000

12:48 PM: Last night, we reported on the letter sent home by two schools after a student was “inappropriately approached” at a bus stop on Delridge on Monday. Today, SPD has just published a report of an arrest following a luring attempt on Tuesday, saying they’re investigating to see whether the suspect might be linked to other incidents:

A 25-year-old man was arrested last night for attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl in West Seattle.

Just before 6:00 pm Tuesday, officers responded to 16th Avenue SW and SW Holly Street where a 14-year-old girl reported she had been grabbed by an unknown suspect minutes earlier. The victim told officers the suspect had followed her off a Metro bus near South Seattle College. According to the victim, the suspect approached her, grabbed her hand, and told her to come with him, but she was able to pull away. The suspect eventually left the area after the victim stated she would scream. The victim was not injured.

The victim provided a description of the suspect and officers searched the area, locating the man at 16th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street minutes later. He was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of luring. Detectives are investigating the case, and are reviewing whether the man may be involved in any other similar incidents.

We just checked the register; the suspect remains in King County Jail.

3:46 PM: New information – at a hearing this afternoon, the suspect’s bail was set at $100,000, with the judge finding probable cause to hold him for investigation of attempted second-degree kidnapping and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He is due back in court Friday. Court documents describe him as “a suspect in an indecent liberties call” two weeks ago but have no further details; the jail register shows he was booked three times earlier this year, for a DUI case, a trespass case, and a car-prowl case.

22 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspect arrested after luring attempt, bail set at $100,000"

  • Jim P. November 28, 2018 (1:05 pm)

    ” According to the victim, the suspect approached her, grabbed her hand,
    and told her to come with him, but she was able to pull away. The
    suspect eventually left the area after the victim stated she would
    scream. The victim was not injured.”That’s not “luring”., that’s **** attempted kidnapping and assault with a high chance of attempted rape in the offing.  If ever there was a time I’d want “quick on the trigger” police, this would be it and I’d not shed a tear for the *******.Let’s have his name and description.  People should know this fine specimen so we can keep him out of our neighborhood or at least keep a very close eye on things once he makes bail.Note: I do NOT advocate vigilante justice unless caught in the act and no other alternative to keep a child or others safe presents itself.  But I want someone like that looking over his shoulder the rest of his life and know people will be watching.

    • Ws prayers December 2, 2018 (12:42 pm)

      I hear you Jim…u have a desire to protect-these kinds of people need to be locked up removed from our society/neighborhoods they shouldn’t have freedom to roam around attempting to kidnap with intentions of evil-no bail should have been set for this guy-especially with how many other arrests he has had in this ur plus indecent liberties call. No more catch and release fr these kinds of people -disturbing 

  • Paul November 28, 2018 (1:35 pm)

    This happened right in front of our home while we were not there. Luckily the man wandered into our driveway and activated our camera system-The video and audio feed was provided to the police. I hope the young girl is doing fine. Totally no affiliated with the company, but I highly recommend the Netgear Arlo system. It’s easy to install and works effectively. 

    • Swede. November 28, 2018 (2:36 pm)

      That’s great it helped! Hope that guy gets some time out of society to think he’s life choices over a bit. 

    • Buttercup November 28, 2018 (3:14 pm)

      Your a good man Paul!!Maybe we can discuss the system you mentioned.

      • Paul November 28, 2018 (4:01 pm)

        Buttercup – The system is not cheap perse but it is effective. Best but has a two camera system (like I have) for $299. The cameras are wireless and battery operated. I was weary about them being battery operated but have found that they last about a couple months between charges depending on how often motion is triggered. They sell an additional solar accessory that does an amazing job keeping charge on the camera I have mounted in my palm tree (15ft off the ground). There is a base station that plugs into your internet router and communicates with the Arlo service. The free level allows you to monitor a few cameras (4) and keeps recordings for 7 days. When there is motion detected on the camera, a notification is sent to your phone. They have paid subscriptions which allow you to monitor more cameras and only send you notifications if they detect a person. Last night, I took my daughter out for a burger and got an upexpected alters that there was a person in the driveway. I watch the cameras for a few minutes and saw nothing more. When we arrived home 45 minutes later I was pleased I could assist the officer. If a system like this fits into you budget, I highly recommend it. IMHO, my system just paid for itself. Maybe it would be helpf to start a thread in the forums?

  • Nwmama November 28, 2018 (1:39 pm)

    I’m so sorry this happened. I can relate to being too young and yet attractive to older men, getting unwanted attention and aggression.  Good for her for following through with the report.   It’s not easy. 

  • Chuck November 28, 2018 (2:36 pm)

    Way to go SPD and Paul and all vigilant neighbors–this is the way it’s supposed to work. Well done! Just so happy the girl acted so smartly and that we have this fantastic outcome. 

  • ET November 28, 2018 (2:39 pm)

    Curiosity: Does anyone know the legal description of “luring”? I found myself surprised to read that he grabbed her hand .  . . that seems like more than “luring” . . . why isn’t this considered a low level assault (unwanted touching) or attempted abduction?I’m so glad she’s okay. Thanks to the folks who assisted. 

  • WSB November 28, 2018 (3:45 pm)

    Updating the story shortly with info I just procured following the suspect’s bail hearing – which (potentially, depending on whether charges are filed) speaks to a couple questions here.

  • 935 November 28, 2018 (4:36 pm)

    16:34 – 11/28Anyone who’s interested in retreat hung this can go to a PUBLIC resource and peruse the names/bookings therein:The link is: https://ingress.kingcounty.gov/Public/JILS/default.aspxOne could then look for persons booked in the last 24 hours and winnow from there.One could even look at the times between 19:51 & 21:10 timestamps if one were so inclined… Doing so at your own risk, of course…

  • Guy Olson November 28, 2018 (5:36 pm)

    When do we get to find out the suspects name?

    • WSB November 28, 2018 (5:55 pm)

      We publish names if and when people are charged. Though being charged still doesn’t necessarily mean you are guilty, it means authorities believe they have a significant amount of evidence against you. As “935” notes above, the jail register is online. It doesn’t link documents, however; probable-cause documentation is usually available through the District Court online system with a day or two lag and a minimal charge. When charges are filed, those are available through the Superior Court online system (for felonies), which also has a per-page charge.

  • AJP November 28, 2018 (8:03 pm)

    Sounds like the girl did an awesome job keeping her cool. What a nightmare.

  • Ws prayers December 2, 2018 (12:21 pm)

    So this is the same guy who atempted to kidnap  (lure whatever) another 14 yr old off the 128 bus three days later??he was released at this court date?

    • WSB December 2, 2018 (1:24 pm)

      The court documents in this case mention a similar incident the day before but don’t say where or exactly when, so I don’t know for sure whether it’s the one mentioned in the previous story about a letter home to Denny/Sealth parents. There was no arrest reported in that case. In this one, Tamir Mohammed is still in jail, in lieu of $100,000 bail.

  • Ws prayers December 2, 2018 (12:28 pm)

    And its reported    lhe is a suspect in an indecent iberties call” two weeks ago but have no further detail s; the jail register shows he was booked three times earlier this year, for a DUI case, a trespass case, and a car-prowl case….wow just wow. This is the catch and release thing that is not working-highly dangerous for our society or kiddos we need change and we need it now

    • flimflam December 2, 2018 (5:02 pm)

      our local judges are awful – it takes a seriously violent crime to really see any justice against criminals at this point.

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