YAKIMA, Wash — Police arrested three teenage boys in connection with the Monday morning kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl, who was found unharmed in the trunk of the car being driven on State Route 410
Yakima Police Department spokesman Capt. Rod Light said three juveniles armed with a handgun and wearing masks abducted the girl, who was on her way to school near the intersection of 64th and Terry avenues about 7:30 a.m.
She was locked into the trunk of a stolen car, which was driven west, Light said.
At some point, two of the juveniles got out of the car, while the driver continued west on SR 410 toward Chinook Pass, Light said, until the car was stopped by the Washington State Patrol and the driver surrendered without incident.
Once in custody, the driver told the officers that he had dropped the other two suspects off at Highland High School, Light said. They were arrested a short time later.
Police said they were able to track the car because the girl had her cellphone with her in the trunk and was able provide descriptions to a 911 operator.
Light said that it appears the victim knew the driver and that they had some sort of past relationship. He said that it was unknown where the driver was headed.
“We’re not even sure what his intent was, but obviously it wasn’t good,” Light said. “So, thank goodness, she had a cellphone. A good ending to a bad situation.”