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May 4, 2010 at 9:43 AM

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Seattle police thwart domestic-violence kidnapping

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police officers arrested a 41-year-old man Monday night while he was in the process of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, police said.

At about 11:18 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call in the 3900 block of South Angeline Street. The caller said a man was yelling and banging on the front door of a residence and yelling that he was going to "kick in the door."

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The man succeeded in kicking in the door and going inside the house, where he grabbed a woman identified as his former girlfriend, police said. The man grabbed the woman by the hair and and pulled her out of the house.

The man forced the woman into his pickup and was driving away just as officers arrived, according to a police account. Police stopped the truck at 37th Avenue South and South Andover Street. The man refused to cooperate with police, who then used a K9 to get the man to comply.

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The man was treated at a hospital for his injuries, presumably as a result of the police dog's intervention, and was then booked into the King County Jail for investigation of kidnapping-domestic violence and investigation of burglary.

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