A charge of first-degree kidnapping has been filed against a 22-year-old man accused of abducting a Selah woman at gunpoint last week.
Christopher Michael Tasker II was also charged in Yakima County Superior Court with attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He remains in the Yakima County jail on $1 million bail.
Tasker was arrested at his parents’ home in the Naches area Tuesday following a five-day manhunt that began about 7:15 p.m. June 13 with reports of a rollover crash in which the driver had jumped from a moving vehicle.
Police said the driver, a 37-year-old woman, reported she had been abducted by a young man who accosted her at gunpoint as she sat in her vehicle outside Selah Intermediate School and ordered her to drive.
The woman told police she slowed to about 25 mph and escaped by jumping from her vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, which then veered sideways and rolled on its side.
According to an arrest affidavit, police found a distinctive-looking blue shoe in the SUV they believe belongs to Tasker.
Tasker was identified as a suspect because an older model SUV belonging to his family was found in the parking lot of the intermediate school. His wallet was inside.
Police said the school’s surveillance system also captured footage of a young man pacing the parking lot and wearing shoes that closely resembled the one found in the woman’s SUV.
Tasker has a criminal history that includes two convictions for residential burglary in 2009 and a conviction in Pierce County last year for attempted second-degree kidnapping.
In that incident, Tasker was accused of trying to abduct a young woman on March 29, 2012, in the parking lot of a Tacoma shopping plaza. Court records indicate he was sentenced within state guidelines to just over a year in prison, with credit for time served.