March 1st, 2018
Just before noon today, a mother was in Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland with her two and a half year-old son, her two month old baby, and their grandmother. The grandmother was walking with the toddler on a trail when an unknown female hit her on the head from behind and ran off with the little boy. The toddler’s mother was in her vehicle with the baby when she observed the strange women running with her son. The grandmother was chasing after the female when the mother also began to run toward the women. A scuffle ensued and the mother was able to get her son back and move away from the female with the grandmother. Minutes later, a Kirkland Police Officer on routine patrol, entered the Bridle Trails parking lot off of 116th Ave. and observed the mother standing in the parking lot with another women who witnessed the event. The mother was yelling her child was taken. The grandmother was now in the car with the two children when the suspect reappeared from the wooded area. The Officer was able to contact the suspect and take her into custody without further incident.
The female suspect is 33-years-old and known to police by prior contacts. She may be suffering from mental illness and is currently living out of her vehicle. The victims were not harmed other than some abrasions to the grandmother’s head. Fortunately, the mother and grandmother were able to retrieve the boy from the suspect without harm and the suspect was not able to leave the area before being contacted and arrested by police. The investigation is ongoing with felony charges to follow.