Kent Police seek public's help to find kidnapping suspect

Detectives release more photos of the man reportedly involved in the Feb. 28 incident; children found safe

Kent Police released this photo of a kidnapping suspect. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent Police released this photo of a kidnapping suspect. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent Police released more photos Friday, March 3 of a man who reportedly kidnapped two children Feb. 28 in Kent.

Police are looking for the public’s help to identify the man.

Detectives are trying to find a man who allegedly stole a vehicle with two children inside at about 7 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 20800 block of 110th Avenue SE on the East Hill. The children were found by a Kent officer about 22 minutes later, and less than a mile away, safe and unharmed inside the vehicle, according to police.

“Through investigation, Kent Police Major Crimes detectives have located additional photos of Tuesday’s (Feb. 28) kidnapping suspect,” according to a police statement. “We are seeking the public’s assistance to identify this man.”

Officers responded at about 6:58 a.m. to a kidnapping as a mother called 911 to report her vehicle had been stolen by a stranger with her two young children inside, according to a police statement.

At about 7:20 a.m., a Kent officer found the vehicle with the children inside in the 10900 block of SE 233rd Street. The suspect had fled.

The vehicle had the keys in it, so the man got into the vehicle and drove off, Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla said in an email.

“The family was in the process of loading the vehicle, placing the small children in car seats when the male suspect took control of the vehicle,” said Padilla, who added the family lives at the apartment complex. “They were in the process of loading the vehicle to head out that morning.”

Anyone with information about the identity of the man should call the Kent Police tip line at 253-856-5808 or email KPDTips@kentwa.gov. Call 911 if you know who the suspect is and his location.

Initial Kent Police posts on Facebook reported Wednesday, March 1 as the date of the incident. Kent Police have since reported the incident occurred on Feb. 28.


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Kent Police released this photo of a kidnapping suspect. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent Police released this photo of a kidnapping suspect. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent Police released this photo of a kidnapping suspect. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent Police released this photo of a kidnapping suspect. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

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