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Mitzi Johanknecht

Man arrested after luring 12-year-old on Facebook


35 year-old-man has been arrested by KCSO Detectives after luring a 12 year-old-girl away from school and transporting her to Bremerton. The girl was located by police about 5 hours later. Detectives identified the suspect and posed as a 14 year-old-girl wanting to meet him. The suspect agreed and was arrested on Tuesday.


On Tuesday, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a 35-year-old Seattle man for allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from her Kent school after luring her through communication on Facebook.


The student was located in Bremerton by police the same day she was taken from school.  Detectives from the KCSO Special Assault Unit began investigating, eventually identifying the suspect and communicating with him through a false Facebook account. 


On January 30 the suspect drove his van to Meeker Middle School in Renton and messaged the student, who came out and got in the van with the suspect.  Shortly after school was over, the student’s mother reported her missing.  The student was located about five hours later in Bremerton at a friend’s house.  She was treated at a local hospital for possible sexual assault.


Detectives using Facebook to contact the suspect, posed as a 14-year-old girl and got him to agree to give the supposed girl a phone and computer.  The suspect agreed to meet at a library in Renton, where detectives arrested him.


The suspect was booked at King County Jail for second-degree kidnapping and commercial sex abuse of a minor.