Updated:BURIEN, Wash. —
A team of supermarket employees saved an 11-year-old boy from an alleged attacker Saturday afternoon, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened around noon in the bathroom of an Albertsons located at Southwest 128th and First Avenue South.
Investigators said the boy was shopping with his parents when he went to use the bathroom.
According to police, the man tried to choke the boy and told the boy that he would kill him.
The boy fought off the man, screamed and ran for his parents.
Five employees at the store heard screaming from the bathroom and ran to help.
The employees tackled the man and held him down until police arrived.
“The man tried to escape and ran toward the doorway of this grocery store, and a group of employees from this grocery store hog-piled on top of the suspect, who was already partially unclothed when this occurred,” said Steve Strachan of the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives said the man tried to bite one of the employees.
The man was then taken into custody.
From what the man told the boy and what he did, police believe the man was going to assault the boy and abduct him.
Investigators are looking into the identity and background of the man.