A 52-year-old Washington man was recently arrested and charged with a count of first-degree kidnapping. Reportedly this followed the results of DNA tests that indicated that this man was involved in the alleged attempted abduction of a teenage girl. With such evidence, any person accused of a felony will likely want to rely upon the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
According to the court documents, a 16-year-old girl returned from a run to a gas station at approximately 10 p.m. on an August evening when she was allegedly grabbed by the defendant who attempted to force her into a vehicle. She claims the man tried to stop her screams by clamping his hand over her mouth and strangling her. She was allegedly forced into the vehicle and attempted to prevent the man from removing her clothes by scratching and kicking him.
The defendant allegedly fell to the ground from her kicking, and as she tried to escape, he grabbed her sweatshirt. The girl wriggled herself out of the shirt and ran away. After flagging down a car, she was dropped off at a friend's residence from where she called the police. It was the skin under the girl's finger nails from scratching the alleged kidnapper that was analyzed and led to the arrest of the defendant.
When anyone in Washington is arrested on criminal charges, he or she is presumed innocent until, and if, the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Until then, the charges will be allegations. As is true of any criminal defense, a plea of not guilty will force the prosecution to actually prove each and every element of the crimes charged. Otherwise, no conviction is possible.