Police arrest woman after Federal Way truck theft, kidnapping

FEDERAL WAY, Wash -- A mother's quick trip to a Federal Way barber shop nearly ended in tragedy Friday evening when her truck -- with her two young children inside -- was stolen.

The mother told police it was 5:24 p.m. when she left her two girls -- ages 1- and 5-years old -- inside her Ford Ranger while she ran into a barber shop in the 33600 block of Pacific Highway.

When she left the barber shop she realized her truck was gone. She immediately called 911 and Federal Way police began putting together the information to release an Amber Alert, according to Cathy Schrock with the Federal Way Police Department.

At 5:45 p.m., Kent police responded to the Riverbend Golf Course after a pair of golfers spotted two young children alone inside a Ford Ranger. Police found the kids and returned them to their mother. They were not injured.

Witnesses in the area of the golf course told police they saw a woman leaving the truck on foot. They described what the woman was wearing and which way she was heading.

A short time later, Kent police spotted a woman matching the description in Kent. They stopped and arrested 49-year-old Natalie Merriam Hulme.

Schrock said Hulme broke her hand during an altercation with officers and was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment.

After she leaves the hospital she will be booked into King County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, car theft, reckless endangerment and hit and run