Updated June 27: 

After taking a suspect into custody for an attempted kidnapping incident in First Hill on Saturday, Seattle Police report they arrested the wrong man.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Boren Avenue around 9:50 p.m. Saturday for a report from the father of an 8-year-old boy, who said his son had been playing in the parking lot when an unknown man attempted to take him. The father had been inside his apartment when he heard his son screaming that someone was trying to take him, according to a police report.

The man came outside and saw the suspect holding his son, according to the report. The suspect dropped his son and then started running south on Boren to Yesler Way. The father chased the suspect to an alley between 13th and 14th avenues, at which point he lost sight of the man as he turned north.

The child told officers the man had approached him in the breezeway of the apartment complex and said, “I’m going to kidnap you,” and then picked him up and tried to leave, getting about 125 feet before the father arrived, according to the report.

Three minutes after police broadcast a description of the suspect, officers arrested a 21-year-old man in the 1100 block of East Fir Street. The suspect, who has not yet been charged, was found sitting on top of a car. He was arrested for investigation of kidnapping.

The Seattle Police Department issued a blotter report on Wednesday, June 27, stating that suspect has now been cleared in this case.

Detectives are now seeking the public’s help in identifying a man in a red and white baseball cap caught on surveillance cameras at the scene several hours before the attempted kidnapping.

The man police claim was wrongly arrested in this case was in court on Monday, at which point probable cause was established, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, but charges had not yet been filed. He had been scheduled for a second appearance on Wednesday.

Original Story:

A First Hill father was able to chase off a man attempting to kidnap his 8-year-old son on Saturday, June 23. Seattle Police arrested the suspect a short time later one block north.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Boren Avenue around 9:50 p.m. Saturday for a report from the father, who said his son had been playing in the parking lot when an unknown man attempted to take him. The father had been inside his apartment when he heard his son screaming that someone was trying to take him, according to a police report.

The man came outside and saw the suspect holding his son, according to the report. The suspect dropped his son and then started running south on Boren to Yesler Way. The father chased the suspect to an alley between 13th and 14th avenues, at which point he lost sight of the man as he turned north.

The child told officers the man had approached him in the breezeway of the apartment complex and said, “I’m going to kidnap you,” and then picked him up and tried to leave, getting about 125 feet before the father arrived, according to the report.

Three minutes after police broadcast a description of the suspect, officers arrested a 21-year-old man in the 1100 block of East Fir Street. The suspect, who has not yet been charged, was found sitting on top of a car. He was arrested for investigation of kidnapping.

Probable cause was found on Monday, and the suspect’s next court date is set for Wednesday. He remains in King County Jail on $45,000 bail.

The suspect was arrested on various drug charges in 2017, for which he was subsequently convicted.

On Aug. 17, the suspect was arrested after officers removed him from an apartment in the Central District that he had been squatting in. The suspect was found in possession of oxycodone, Xanax and suspected ecstasy.

Earlier, in May 2017, the suspect was arrested after officers responded to Seattle University for reports of a suspicious person who had left a vehicle in the 1000 block of East Jefferson Street with the door open.

Campus security reported the suspect had been prowling vehicles; one car was found with its front passenger window smashed out.

The suspect was found in possession of cocaine.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of violation of the uniform controlled substances act.