Man who abducted 5-year-old still at large

by: Alison Grande Updated:


EVERETT, Wash. - A kidnapping victim showed up at his front door on Saturday morning.  Erik King told KIRO-7’s Alison Grande about his encounter with the scared 5-year-old girl.

He said it started with a quiet knock at the door, but she kept knocking long enough for King to realize it wasn’t his cats or his own 4 year-old son making the noise.

“She tells me a man took her.  She thought it was her father, then she realized it wasn’t cause they had earrings,” said King.  He said the girl was scared and seemed confused.

He thought maybe she was sleeping walking then.  “She said that she doesn’t know where her pants and that’s when I started taking it serious,“ said King who then opened the door and discovered the half -naked child.

He called 911. 

Police are still searching for the man who abducted a 5-year-old girl early Saturday in Everett.

Monday, police collected hours of surveillance video from businesses near the Mirabella Apartments on 112th Ave SE in Everett.

They were looking to see if the kidnapper showed up on camera before or after the abduction.  Investigators were also working to see if they could better identify several cars that drove by at the same time the kidnapper was carrying the 5-year-old victim down the sidewalk.

Her abductor is described as darker-skinned man who is shorter than average.  Everett police also said he likely has no visible tattoos.

The girl told police the abductor had his ears pierced and wore a gold stud and diamond stud in each year.  He wore a white baseball cap or painter hat backwards.  He also wore blue and green tennis shoes.

Detectives said the girl was taken to the Interurban trail about half a mile away. They don’t think she was sexually assaulted because something scared the man off. She was taken to Providence Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

About 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at an apartment in the 800 block of 112th Street Southeast. The caller reported that there was a missing screen and open window at an apartment unit.

Investigators determined that was the apartment where the 5-year-old lives. A K-9 unit searched the area.

Police released this surveillance video Saturday afternoon of a subject leaving the apartment complex carrying what they think is the girl.

Parents in the area said they will be keeping a close eye on their children until the suspect is caught.

“I got three kids,” said Adam Phillips, who lives a few units down from where the five-year-old was taken. ”It frightens me definitely.”

The Everett Police Department brought in a man-tracker from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to try to pinpoint where the kidnapper went after he got scared off.

They found he went through the woods away from the trail through to a neighborhood at 109th and 10th Drive SE.

The Walton Family lives there. “My son came and told me. We had detectives coming in and out of the trail,” said Gary Walton.

“I didn’t see anything this time.  I wish I did,“ commented Gloria Walton who often looks out her windows.

They hope someone will come forward with more information.

“I hope they catch him - whoever did this.” said Gloria Walton.

 Police went door to door  Tuesday hoping to find a witness.  Detectives reviewed all the surveillance video they’d collected and say it does not contain any more images of the kidnapper.

Erik King worries about the little girl and her father, “ Poor guy, I can’t imagine what he’s going through. I’m sure he’s on a death hunt for this guy.”


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