A teen kidnapper was a classmate of the 15-year-old classmate who chased him down. According to ABC News, Andrew Crain, 15, helped stop a kidnapping in Washington by chasing after the suspect who grabbed a 22-month-old from a stroller and ran off. Crain was alerted to what was going on when the child’s siblings started screaming for help. Without thinking twice, two teens sprang into action. Little did they know, the suspect was someone that they actually knew.
After being chased by Crain and his friend, Isaac Yow, the suspect put the child down and took off on foot. When the suspect was later arrested, Crain was surprised to hear that it was his classmate who tried to steal the child away.
“I’m feeling happy, I’m feeling angry at the same time. I do know the person,” Crain said.
The teen kidnapper was spotted by his classmate before the incident, but the guys didn’t talk to one another. Naturally, Crain had no idea that the other teen would do something so outrageous a short time later. According to Mail Online, the suspect had been wearing a disguise of sorts and was thought to be a 30-year-old man. Come to find out, that wasn’t the case at all.
“Deputies and detectives have worked relentlessly on this case. Additional evidence, interviews, DNA collection, and surveillance [were carried out]. A search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence,” said Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, nearby security cameras ultimately helped police identify the suspect. At this time, a motive is unclear, but the teen has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, and is currently at a juvenile facility in the area. His name has not been released because he is a minor.
Meanwhile, the toddler was not injured and is back safe with her parents.
On Thursday, it was revealed that the kidnapper was investigated about a year ago for a similar offense. Mail Online reports that the 15-year-old suspect was accused of “luring” a child at the time, however, no charges were filed in that case.
“According to a document involving last year’s incident released Thursday by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the responding deputy spoke with a woman who had phoned in the luring report involving her 11-year-old son. She said that the suspect had taken her son by the hand and walked away from her residence. She questioned him and the suspect let go, the report said.”
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