Suspect arrested after video of Washington state barista abduction attempt goes viral
Police in Washington state have arrested a suspect in the kidnapping attempt of a barista, caught on camera, at a drive-through near Seattle. Auburn police said “overwhelming” support from the community on their lookout call led to the arrest.
The barista broke away from the man and shut the drive-thru window, according to the video footage. The man then drove away.
The barista suffered minor cuts, according to police spokesperson Kolby Crossley.
Police had sought information from the public, sharing a close-up of a large tattoo on the man’s left forearm, visible in the video, that appeared to read “Chevrolet.” A side profile of the man is visible in the surveillance footage, which has been viewed more than 2 million times on Twitter.
“Thanks to a number of tips we were able to locate the suspect at his home in Auburn,” the department said Tuesday in a statement. A search of the suspect’s truck, they said, linked him to the crime.
The name of the suspect will be released once the man is formally charged, police said.
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