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.

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