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Sultan Man Arrested For Carjacking and Kidnapping

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 29, 2020

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Courtney.O’, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

SULTAN, Wash. – A 31 year-old Sultan man was taken into custody following a carjacking and kidnapping in Sultan yesterday. Around 4:10 p.m., deputies responded to the 35700 block of Mann Road. The suspect, a 31 year-old Sultan man, grabbed the female driver, threw her to the ground and stole her vehicle with a 9 year-old inside. While driving, the suspect slowed and told the 9 year-old to “get out” and forced her out while the car was still slowly moving. Minutes later, the 9 year-old victim was located by a school bus driver who reported seeing a young child on the side of the road in distress.

The 31 year-old suspect continued driving the vehicle recklessly to the 31400 block of Mann Road where he ditched the vehicle and attempted to steal a second vehicle from a nearby residence. The homeowner came outside and verbally confronted the suspect before pulling out a pocket knife. The suspect fled on foot and ran through a field where deputies apprehended him at 4:30 p.m..

The 9 year-old victim was uninjured and reunited with her family. Deputies are actively investigating the incident, but believe the suspect and the victims are known to each other. The 31 year-old Sultan man was transported to the Snohomish County jail and booked for first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, vehicle prowling, and reckless endangerment.