Small Town Stunned to Learn Kidnap Suspect Is Local Teen

Two teen rescuers are honored at their high school
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2015 11:58 AM CDT
Small Town Stunned to Learn Kidnap Suspect Is Local Teen
Isaac Yow, 16, who, along with friend Andrew Crain, 15, foiled the kidnapping.   (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

The two teenagers who foiled a toddler's kidnapping in a small town were surprised to learn that they know the 15-year-old suspect who has been arrested. They didn't realize it at the time because the teen was wearing a disguise that one witness said included a fake mustache, reports AP. The teen hasn't been identified, but one of the rescuers, 15-year-old Andrew Crain, says he was a fellow freshman at the small local high school in Sprague, Wash. "The freshman class is just seven or eight kids," the grandmother of the other rescuer, 16-year-old Isaac Yow, tells ABC News. Both Crain and Yow were honored at the school yesterday, reports the Spokesman-Review.

"I'm feeling happy, I'm feeling angry at the same time," says Crain. "I do know the person." He tells KXLY the suspect is "unpredictable," and Yow adds that he's had some minor run-ins with him over the years. "Since I moved here, little issue here, little there, little issue everywhere." Police haven't speculated about a motive, but the local sheriff's office says the suspect was involved in a suspicious incident last year. A woman reported that the teen took her 11-year-old son by the hand and tried to walk away with him from their house. He let the child go when she questioned him. Deputies investigated, but no charges were filed. The teen is due in court today over the abduction case. (Read more kidnapping stories.)

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