After decades of watching TV and movies about police and crime, when I hear of an attempted kidnapping my mind moves to the more elaborate plans some kidnappers use to hide their identities to keep from getting caught.  I think about the goofy capers where the kidnapped victim joins forces with the kidnappers to extract some kind of revenge from a spouse or friend. But I have to admit the idea of a kidnapping seems kind of unreal.  But they happen and one almost happened last night. 8/31/21

The 411

Yakima police officers responded to Miller Park, 502 North 4th Street on Tuesday, evening, August 31st at about 8:45 pm in response to a report of a possible attempted kidnapping.  A patrol officer arrived to find several people holding a 26-year-old homeless female on the ground.

Witnesses told the officer the subdued woman had tried to kidnap a 3-year-old child from the park.  The suspected sequence of events - the woman allegedly picked up the youngster and took off. The victim's 11-year-old sister saw the grab and gave chase. She caught up to the woman carrying her sibling and tried to intervene but the suspect struck her and knocked her to the ground.

Good Guys To The Rescue

That might have been it but two bystanders saw what was happening and jumped in to help.  The men grabbed the suspect and held her until police could arrive.  Police say neither the young victim, the sister, or anyone in their family was familiar with the suspect or her motives

Yakima Police Captain Jay Seely said, "Officers believed the female suspect was suffering from mental health issues based on her behavior and statements she made to the officers.”

The guys who came to the rescue didn't want to be identified but Capt Seely added,“We are very thankful the two men, who recognized the situation and immediately acted, preventing every parent’s worst nightmare – having a child abducted.”

Follow Up

The suspect was booked into the Yakima County Jail on charges of 2nd-degree kidnapping and two counts of assault 4th degree.  The identity of the suspect won’t be released until she is formally charged. Anyone with information that may be relevant to this case is urged to contact the YPD at (509) 575-6200 or by calling 9-1-1. Tips can be also be reported to Yakima County Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-248-9980, on the organization’s website at, or through the “P3 Tips” app at

Take a Pic of Yourself in Yakima at One of these 74 Mural Selfie Walls

Big cities have famous spots where we like to take sightseeing selfies, like the Gum Wall in Seattle's Pike Place Market, or the What Lifts You Wings mural in Nashville, and even artist Candice Taylor's brand new Crown Act Wall in Southeast Washington, D.C. You've no doubt taken quite a few selfies in front of popular landmarks and selfie wallls.

Did you know that the city of Yakima, Washington, has over seventy-four (74) murals that would make for a fantastic place to get your sightseeing selfie? The locations included in this gallery include one-of-a-kind murals found at:

  • Hamilton Park Mural Wall on Mead Ave (the cross street is S 24th Ave)
  • Churchill's Booklovers Haunt: 125 S 2nd St
  • Various Homes across from the MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad: S 8th St
  • United States Post Office: 112 S 3rd St
  • Cost Less Carpet of Yakima (on the back side of the store): 210 N 5th Ave
  • Dollar Stretcher (in the alley behind the store): 501 W Lincoln Ave
Keep your eyes out for one of our unique photo-op murals to add to your collection in your social media pics, and stop and take a memorable selfie of yourself in the heart of Yakima!

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