Police arrest Auburn man they suspect tried to kidnap a barista

Reportedly attempted to pull barista through drive-up window Jan. 16

Auburn Police Department vehicle. Courtesy photo

The Auburn Police Department arrested a suspect Tuesday afternoon they believe to be the person who tried to abduct a barista early Monday morning, Jan. 16.

Security camera footage caught the suspect trying to pull the barista through a window with a device that appears to include a looped zip tie. The barista fought off the attacker, who then drove away.

“We arrested him at his home in Auburn,” Kolby Crossley, public information officer for the Auburn Police Department, said early Tuesday afternoon. “We conducted a quick search of the vehicle and found evidence linking him to the scene.”

Police quickly got the word out that they were looking for a man with a distinct tattoo on his left forearm that appeared to read “Chevrolet.” And the public responded big time.

“The overwhelming support from the community was tremendous. They were a great help in identifying the suspect,” Crossley said.

Auburn Police did not release an address for the coffee stand.


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