Man Arrested After Threatening His Infant Daughter and Her Mother with Firearm

Police arrested a man late Wednesday night after he pointed a gun at his 3-month-old daughter and the baby’s mother in North Seattle. 

At 7:30 p.m., a woman in the 8100 block of Greenwood Avenue North reported her child’s father had threatened her and their daughter with a gun, and then drove away with the infant. 

The woman told arriving officers that when the child’s father was dropping off their 3-month-old daughter, she pointed out that the girl was not properly secured in her car seat. 

When the woman brought this to the father’s attention, he pointed a gun at her face and told her to get out of the car. He then pointed the gun at the baby’s head and sped off, striking a bus in the process.

As officers began searching for the father and child, the woman received a video call from the man, showing him holding the baby’s face to the ground and holding a gun to the infant’s head.

Officers located the suspect soon after and with the help of King County Sheriff’s Office’s Guardian One helicopter, began covertly following him as he drove with the baby. When he stopped at a parking lot and put the baby into a stroller, police moved in and safely rescued the child, who was thankfully unharmed. The man ran from officers, but was quickly caught and arrested. 

An SPD K9 officer searched for and recovered a gun at the scene, and police learned the firearm had been reported stolen in Arlington. 

Police booked the 18-year-old man into King County Jail for felony harassment, assault, criminal mistreatment, and possession of a stolen firearm.