Auburn Police take armed man into custody after standoff

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:10pm
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Auburn Police said 52-year-old Ronald Williams kidnapped a 14-year-old Mt. Baker Middle School girl at gunpoint on Oct. 9, took her to his nearby apartment on 37th Street Southeast and raped her.

The King County Prosecutor on Oct. 11 charged Williams with third-degree rape of a child, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. He is in the King County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Here is a summary of the police account, which has been forwarded to prosecutors.

At about 12:40 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 Auburn officers responded to a call about a possible kidnapping and sexual assault in the 500 block of 37th Street Southeast. Officers found the victim, who reported that a felony had occurred at 537 37th St. SE. Police say the girl picked up her attacker’s cellphone during a lull in the assault and called 911.

Police said when they arrived and escorted the traumatized girl away, Williams barricaded himself in his apartment with a handgun and refused to come out, At that point, Valley Com dispatched negotiators and the Valley SWAT to the scene, Mt. Baker Middle School and Gildo Rey Elementary were placed under precautionary lockdown, and police closed both directions of 37th Street Southeast for several hours.

Shortly before 5 p.m, William surrendered to police, without further incident. No shots were fired during the standoff.

“We did arrest him and take him into custody after the standoff, which lasted about three hours,” Auburn Police Cmdr. Steve Stocker said. “He’s at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, and is under investigation for kidnapping, rape and assault.”

The girl told police her attacker had stuck what she believed to be a gun in her back as she was walking to school, told her to cooperate and play nice and directed her to his apartment, where he raped her.

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