Bellevue Police have arrested a Bellevue man suspected of threatening a boy with a knife in a men's room at the Crossroads Bellevue mall.
A patrol officer spotted the suspect walking along 156th Avenue Northeast near the mall within an hour of a call coming about the assault. County prosecutors Wednesday charged David Harry Alaumbaugh, 19, with first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation with a deadly weapon.
Late Saturday afternoon a 12-year-old boy told mall security that a man had confronted him in the restroom and forced him into the handicapped stall. The boy said the man threatened him with a knife and exposed himself.
The assault was interrupted when someone else came into the bathroom and went into the next stall. The boy said loudly, "I didn't do anything to you," and the man fled. The boy contacted mall security immediately.
An officer went to the mall and got a detailed description of the suspect from the boy, which he relayed to other officers in the area. A man matching the description of the suspect was spotted on the 1300 block of 156th Avenue Northeast and he was arrested without incident.
In some places, parents should think twice before letting their children go to a public restroom unaccompanied. Report any questionable activity immediately.
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