Parents Chase, Catch Alleged Abductor
POSTED: 7:22 am PDT October 20, 2006
UPDATED: 7:27 am PDT October 20, 2006
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Police in Washington are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man who allegedly dressed as a gorilla and grabbed a 5-year-old as he ran through a super market.
It happened Aug. 2 in Lakewood, Wash. The whole incident was caught on tape by a surveillance camera.
On the tape, the gorilla takes the child and tries to race out of the store with him.
"I didn't realize what happened until I heard my son screaming in terror," said the boy's father, Anthony Santiago.
Anthony and April Santiago both chased and caught the man who grabbed their son, Noah.
"I asked him, 'What were you thinking? What were you doing?'" Anthony Santiago said. "He said it was a joke."
The man was detained by store security, who called Lakewood police. But security officers and the family told NBC Seattle affiliate KING-TV that police let the man go.
Lakewood police did not return calls from KING-TV. However, the station reported that Crimestoppers released a picture of the suspect without the gorilla suit.
The Santiagos said they are so upset by the incident that they are considering legal action against the Lakewood Police Department.