Man uses fake court order in kidnap attempt

Man uses fake court order in kidnap attempt
Artist's sketch of the attempted kidnapping suspect.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who tried to get a woman to surrender her children to him through a ruse involving a nonexistent court order, officials said.

The bizarre incident unfolded Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. when the man showed up at the woman's home, in the 8300 block of 49th Loop SE.

The man told the woman that he had a court order signed by a Thurston County Superior Court judge for her to surrender her three children to him based on allegations made against her by her husband.

The woman asked to see the court order and the man refused. She told him that without talking to a deputy or her husband she would not give up her children. She then shut and locked her door.

The man then drove off in a white mini-van. He made no attempt to force entry or take any other action to seize the children, said Chief Criminal Deputy Jim Chamberlain of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

Chamberlain said a check of court orders did not find any order involving the victim, her children or her husband.

The husband was then contacted and said he did not have any knowledge of the incident and had not been granted any court orders. The victim’s three children, ages 5, 3, and 6 months are safe.

The suspect used the name Michael Jenkins but did not show any identification.

He is described as a white male in his mid to late 40s, standing about 5-feet-6-inches with a thin build, dark brown hair, a full beard and dark rimmed glasses. He was wearing a dark charcoal suit jacket and slacks.

Chamberlain said no one by the name of Michael Jenkins is employed in either the Thurston County Superior Court, Child Protective Services or the Sheriff’s Office.

A sketch artist was able to create a drawing of the suspect from the woman's description. Anyone who recognizes the man or has information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 360-709-3072 or Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

The Sheriff's Office also is warning the public not to allow anyone using this type of ruse into their home. If there are other victims of similar attempts, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office would like to know about them, Chamberlain said.