t

Kent Police arrest man for possible kidnapping of woman

Reportedly forced woman into vehicle along West Smith Street; police pursuit stops vehicle

Kent Police arrested a 33-year-old Kent man for investigation of kidnapping and eluding after he reportedly forced a woman into his vehicle and then fled from officers.

Officers responded at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 to the 1200 block of West Smith Street after a 911 caller reported “suspicious circumstances,” according to a May 17 Kent Police statement.

The caller described what they believed to be a domestic violence incident with a man possibly kidnapping a woman and taking her in a vehicle, according to police.

Officers arrived in the area, located the described vehicle and attempted to pull it over. With the 911 caller’s description of the vehicle and incident, police decided there was enough information to develop probable cause for kidnapping and to pursue the vehicle, according to the police statement.

When the driver refused to pull over, the pursuing officer determined he had a safe location to utilize a maneuver with his SUV to stop the suspect’s vehicle, according to police. The officer successfully caused the vehicle to stop.

Officers arrested the man without incident and the woman was safely recovered. The police statement did not say what the relationship was between the man and the woman.

Victims of domestic violence can find local resources for help at dawnrising.org or call the National Domestic Violence hotline (available in multiple languages) at 800-799-7233.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
SeaTac man sentenced to life in 2021 Des Moines triple murder

Jury convicted Joshua Puloka in May of shootings outside of sports bar

t
Tacoma woman, 18, faces vehicular assault charge after Kent crash

Reportedly had been drinking; female passenger, 18, in her vehicle suffers injuries

Cristopher Ruvalcaba (Court documents.)
Two Auburn men sentenced in murder of Kent man at Southcenter Mall

Chris Wesolowicz was shot in a carjacking incident on Nov. 18, 2022.

t
Asylum seekers again ask for former Kent Econo Lodge to be reopened

Several testify at Kent City Council meeting; but King County has no plans to open hotel

Volunteers enjoy the sunshine at Renton’s 2024 Juneteenth Celebration. The weather will be sunny this weekend as summer officially starts. Photo by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
Summer kicks off with 80-degree weekend weather

Puget Sound region weather forecast for June 21-23.

t
Most Kent crime numbers declining so far in 2024 compared to 2023

Homicides, robberies, vehicle thefts, residential burglaries fewer in first 5 months

t
Kent Police chief says they have ‘strong leads’ in student’s fatal shooting

Rafael Padilla ‘cautiously optimistic’ detectives will solve who shot Kent-Meridian High student

t
Latter-day Saints make large food donation to Kent, Renton groups

Semi delivers shipment for Kent Food Bank, John Volken Academy and two local churches

t
Police arrest Kentridge High student who reportedly had gun on campus | Update

17-year-old boy under investigation for unlawful possession of a firearm and fourth-degree assault

t
Juneteenth flag goes up at Kent City Hall

Mayor Dana Ralph and Gwen Allen-Carston raise the flag for June 19

t
State Patrol honors 7 Kent Police Department members in trooper shooting

Officers helped save the life of Trooper Seaburg in February incident; detectives built case

t
Police arrest Kent boy, 16, for vehicular assault after 3-car collision

Teen and three others injured, two critically; boy reportedly stole vehicle prior to June 17 crash on East Hill