Prosecutors say the man followed a 13-year-old girl in his truck in the late morning hours of June 8, then got out and tried to snatch her off an Auburn street.
The terrified girl escaped, however, and called police, who soon took into custody a man who matched her description of the would-be kidnapper.
On June 18, the King County Prosecutor charged Auburn resident Victor Paz-Fajardo with one count of attempted second-degree kidnapping. Paz-Fajardo is in King County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nichole Weston said at Paz-Fajardo’s bail hearing June 12 that he posed a risk to public safety.
“The state is very concerned for community safety given the defendant’s brazen attack on the victim,” Weston told a Superior Court judge.
According to Auburn Police Detective Francesca Nix’s write-up in the APD’s Determination of Probable Cause, here is a summary of what happened:
At about 9:54 a.m. on June 8, Auburn Police got a 911 call from a frightened girl hiding in the area of the Goodwill at 1519 Auburn Way S., telling them that a man had just tried to kidnap her.
As the girl later told police, she had left her home in the area shortly before the incident and was walking south on M Street Southeast when a man in a truck honked his horn at her in the 1400 block . The truck looked familiar to the girl, so she half-waved at it. Just past 17th Street Southeast, the girl told police, she saw the same truck coming up behind her. The vehicle slowed nearly to a stop and the man asked her if she wanted a ride. She politely said no, she told police.
A short while later, the girl told police, she heard the truck rev its engine and saw it come toward her. When the truck got within 5 feet of her, the man pulled it over to the curb, got out and ran toward her, she said.
As (the girl) began to run onto a stranger’s private property to get away … she stated that she felt the male grab her around the rib cage area. However, she was able to run away toward the residence, where she knocked on the door for help. The man then retreated back to his vehicle and was seen travelling north behind the Goodwill building, the report said.
Video surveillance later recovered from a nearby gas station captured an image of a man and vehicle matching the girl’s description and recorded a license plate number. Later, shown a photo montage, the girl could not identify her would-be kidnapper.
Police issued a be-on-the-lookout order for the vehicle. Officers soon caught up with it at a stoplight and arrested Paz-Fajardo.
He told police the girl resembled his sister-in-law, so he had offered her a ride. When he realized his mistake, he told police, he left the area.