A COLVILLE WOMAN TELLS HER HORRIFYING STORY--
OF BEING KIDNAPPED FROM WORK BY A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER
WHO TRIED TO STUFF HER IN THE TRUNK OF HIS CAR.
AND TODAY WE LEARNED THAT A MISTAKE BY POLICE MEANS
HE'LL WALK THE STREETS AGAIN
WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT--
OUR MELISSA LUCK HAS A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION SHE'S
BEEN WORKING ON FOR DAYS ABOUT SEX OFFENDERS IN OUR
AND JACK FERRIS HAS THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE
WOMAN DRAGGED AWAY FROM WORK AND WHY HER ATTACKER
WILL NOT SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON
HERE'S A MAP OF WHERE THAT ATTACK HAPPENED
JAMMIN JAVA DRIVE THROUGH ESPRESSO IS AT 898 SOUTH
WASHINGTON STREET IN COLVILLE
K-X-L-Y'S JACK FERRIS HAS BEEN COVERING THIS STORY
AND HAS AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE WOMAN WHO
FOUGHT OFF THE ATTACKER
For Jamin Java barista Heather Kilgore, Memorial Day
2015 started out like any other day.
The Colville native arrived at 6 am to find a regular
customer, James Russell Foster, parked and waiting
to be served.
Sound Heather Kilgore
I got out of my car, very fast trying to hurry up
and open up to make him his coffee.
I noticed halfway to my door that he had hopped out
of his car.
Before she knew it, Foster had attacked Kilgore, throwing
her to the ground.
Foster drove off, but not before Kilgore was able
to identify the first three digits of Foster's license
Within 24 hours, Whitman County officials identified
Foster after he blew a tire 100 miles from Colville.
Thursday, nearly 18 months after the attack, Stevens
County Superior Court sentenced Foster to nine years
A relatively light sentence for the level 3 sex offender
who was convicted of first degree rape in Pierce County
16 years ago.
The charge and corresponding sentence almost certainly
would've been more severe if it weren't for a Colfax
Police Department procedural error.
Sources close to the case claim that a back pack containing
condoms, zip ties and numbing agents found in Foster's
vehicle at the time of his arrest had been inadvertently
destroyed while in police custody- leaving Kilgore
with less than a sense of closure
I'm happy that he's put away.
But I'm not 100% satisfied with the conviction and
I'm not his first offense.
I feel that he will do this again, I feel that the
system has failed me and the community.
With credit for time served, foster will be released
in 7 and a half years.
Reporting from Colville, Jack Ferris KXLY 4 news