11-year-old boy fights off attacker in grocery-store bathroom in Burien
September 30, 2012 · 9:55 AM
A 32-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after assaulting an 11-year-old boy in a grocery store bathroom in Burien, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
The incident occurred just after noon in the Albertson’s store at South 128th Street and First Avenue South in Burien. The boy went into the bathroom while his family shopped. The suspect entered the bathroom and grabbed the boy by the neck and told him he would “kill him," according to Sgt. Cindi West, a sheriff's spokeswoman.
The boy fought the suspect off and as they struggled, the bathroom stall door was slamming open and shut. An employee in the break room next to the bathroom heard the commotion and went to investigate.
When the employee opened the bathroom door she saw the suspect naked from the waist down holding the boy in a bear hug. The employee grabbed the boy and pulled him out of the bathroom while trying to block the suspect from leaving.
The suspect fled and ran toward the front of the store as the employee and boy yelled for help. A group of store employees caught the suspect before he could leave the store. The employees tackled him and held him down until police arrived.
Police credit the boy for fighting back and the employees for coming to his aid.
“The employees acted very quickly and did the right thing,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. “They stopped what could have been every parent’s nightmare.”
The suspect, who said he was homeless, was booked in the King County Jail. The case will be sent to the King County Prosecutors Office for the filing of charges.