Thanks to surveillance cameras from city hall and a local grocery store the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has a clear picture of a man who attempted to kidnap a 22-month-old child from a park in Sprague Sunday.
Michael Wright, the father of little Owen, is asking anyone with anyone with information on the attempted abduction of his son to pass it along to authorities before it happens to another child, because you don't want to receive a call like he did Sunday, when he found out someone tried to kidnap his son.
“You get so nervous. You're nervous and you can't think straight,” he said.
Wright says he left his three kids with the babysitter Sunday while he was at work. 10-year-old Brenden, 8-year-old Delicia and 22-month-old Owen were playing unsupervised in a park near the sitter's house. In Sprague, a close-knit town of 500 residents, it's usually a safe place for children, but that wasn't the case Sunday.
“I can't explain the feeling, the anxiety and everything that goes into finding out your children is missing or something has happened to them," Wright said.
Deputies say a man scooped Owen up out of the stroller. Surveillance video from a grocery store shows the kidnapper running, child in arms, with Owen's brother and sister chasing him.
“This little girl come running around the corner screaming her head off,” witness Dorothy Giddings said.
Giddings was working nearby and, once she realized what was happening, sent her grandson and his friend to chase the man. She says it must have been an act of God when the kidnapper dropped little Owen in a vacant lot.
“I told that little girl, I said, 'Honey, you did exactly what you needed to do scream your head off.' That's what saved that baby. Her screaming and us running,” Giddings said.
The kidnapper got away. While he evaded the kids after setting Owen down, the chase was promptly picked up by the sheriff's office, which is now following up on leads. Wright urges anyone with information to come forward.
“I'm remorseful for anybody out there that has to go through this situation because now that I've done it, been through it. I wouldn't wish it on anybody,” he said.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 509-725-3501.
Surveillance video of abduction attempt