By Caleb Hutton
BELLINGHAM — A carjacker remains at-large after he told a woman he had a gun, forced her to drive him from the scene of another crime and — after two hours of eluding police — ordered her to drop him off on Fraser Street, according to police.
The 24-year-old woman was not harmed in the kidnapping Tuesday evening, Dec. 11.
Police believe the suspect is James M. Craver, 28. He was last seen just after 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of Fraser. Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young said he may be armed and dangerous.
We’ll have an article today, but in the meantime here’s the narrative from Young.
The Bellingham Police Department is asking for your help in locating a suspect in connection with a kidnapping which occurred on Tuesday evening at about 5:00 p.m. Officers were called to the area of West Bakerview Road and Eliza at about 4:50 p.m on the report that a victim of an attempted vehicle prowl was chasing a suspect. It was reported that the suspect was armed with a box cutter. While officers were in route, several more calls were received by Whatcom Dispatch Center of a suspect in that same area attempting to get into at least two occupied vehicles and that the suspect was able to get into one vehicle forcing the occupant to drive away.
One of the witnesses was able to provide a license plate of the victim’s vehicle to officers. A Bellingham Police Sergeant was able to contact the registered owner of the vehicle living in Skagit County. The registered owner was able to provide the Sergeant with the cell phone number of the driver. The Sergeant called that number which was answered by the suspect. The Sergeant did not identify himself but asked to speak with the driver as if he knew her. The victim was able to speak with the Sergeant briefly but was not able to give her location before the suspect pulled the phone away and disabled it.
A broadcast of the vehicle description was provided to all law enforcement agencies in the area and as other notifications were being made, the Sergeant received a call on his cell phone from the victim’s phone. Thankfully, the victim was able to report that she was in the 1600 block of Iowa Street alone and unharmed.
Officer contacted the victim, a 28 year old Skagit County woman and learned that when the suspect got into her car initially, he told her that he had a gun and demanded that she drive. The suspect got out of the car in the 1900 block of Frasier Street at around 7:00 p.m. and remains at large at this time.
The suspect is 28 year old James M. Craver. Craver is described as a white male, 5” 7” and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue grey hooded sweatshirt. Craver has a neck tattoo on the right side of his neck “Teresa”. Craver has short brown hair. Craver is possibly armed and should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information concerning Craver’s location is asked to please call 911 immediately.
A 2010 court case lists Craver’s most recent address in the 3600 block of Lakeway Drive. He was also named as a suspect in a felony assault in Everson from earlier on Tuesday. Police aren’t sure how he made his way from Everson to Bellingham.
By Caleb Hutton
A teen believed to have been kidnapped by her biological mother from Stanwood was found unharmed outside a Bellingham inn.
The Seattle Times fills in the details:
A missing 13-year-old Stanwood girl was found in Bellingham this morning, and her mother was arrested for investigation of second-degree kidnapping, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl was returned to her father.
Her mother, Trina Anderson, whose custody of the child had been revoked prior to the girl’s disappearance, was booked into jail.
Karly had last been seen on Tuesday afternoon by her grandfather when he dropped her off at home at 3 p.m. near the 19000 block of Happy Valley Rd. When her father came home around 6 p.m., she was missing.
Karly and her mother were found about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Lexus GX parked outside a Quality Inn, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young.
Evidence in the Stanwood home led detectives to think Anderson went to Bellingham, the Times reported.