Arlington Police investigate attempted kidnapping, ask community to be vigilant

ARLINGTON — Arlington Police detectives are continuing to investigate an attempted kidnapping that was reported on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Arlington Police received a 911 call reporting an attempted kidnapping in the 18300 block of 31st Avenue NE. A 12-year-old girl reported that a man grabbed her and attempted to pull her into a wooded area.

The victim reported that she was able to get away from the assailant and fled the area. She went home and police were then called. After a K-9 track and police area search, a suspect was not found.

Subsequent investigation into the case has ruled out a possible suspect in the case. The suspect was initially arrested by the Department of Corrections with the assistance of the Arlington Police Department. Arlington Police booked the suspect for investigation of kidnapping but criminal charges will not be filed at this time. The suspect is expected to remain in custody at the Snohomish County Jail on a Department of Corrections parole violation.

Arlington Police have increased patrols in the area. Police are reminding residents to continue to remain vigilant when they are walking after dark. Some helpful tips include:

• Be visible. Use reflective clothing and accessories that will make it easier for motorists and other pedestrians to notice you.

• Carry a flashlight.

• Walk with a buddy.

• Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Try to avoid listening to your iPod or talking on your cell phone to make sure you keep your eyes and ears focused on your surroundings.

Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. If anyone has information on the case, please contact the Arlington Police Department at 360-403-3400.

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