A female barista was almost abducted when a customer tried to drag her through the drive-thru window on Monday. The suspected kidnapping attempt was captured on surveillance footage at a coffee stand located in the 2200 block of Auburn Way in Auburn, Washington, United States.
According to the New York Post (NYP), the incident happened around five in the morning. The footage, released by the Auburn police, shows the barista giving a male customer what appeared to be some change.
The man, who was driving an SUV, suddenly tugged her hand violently in his direction. According to the report, the police said the man “attempted to drag the victim through the window using a looped zip tie device.”
The victim was able to withdraw her hand and quickly close the window, and after his attempt failed, the culprit then drove off. The police informed the public via Twitter that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday after the community offered “overwhelming support.”
According to CBS News, he was arrested at his home in Auburn, and there was evidence linking him to the incident inside his car. While the suspect’s identity was not released, the police stated that he had a distinct tattoo of the word “Chevrolet” on his left forearm.
Kolby Crossley, a spokesman for the Auburn Police Department, called the kidnapping attempt “very alarming.” According to Crossley, the victim’s arm had minor cuts.
According to NYP, the owner of the establishment where the event occurred informed KOMO News that the experience has left her entire team uneasy. The victim of the attempted abduction has been working for the company for 15 years.
Watch the footage of the attempted kidnapping below: