Police arrested a 33-year-old woman Thursday after she attempted to kidnap a toddler at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland.
Just before noon a woman was in the park with her 2-and-a-half-year-old son, her 2-month-old baby and their grandmother.
According to a press release, the grandmother was walking with the toddler on a trail when an unknown female hit her in 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 other woman running with her son. The grandmother was chasing after the suspect 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 suspect with the grandmother.
Minutes later, a Kirkland police officer on routine patrol entered the parking lot off of 116th Avenue Northeast and observed the mother standing in the parking lot with another woman who witnessed the event, the release states. The mother was yelling her child was taken. The grandmother was in the car with the two children when the suspect reappeared from a wooded area. The officer was able to contact the suspect and take her into custody without further incident.
The female suspect is known to police by prior contacts. The release states that 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. According to the release, 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.