Fairfield attempted kidnapping suspect tried to ‘arrest’ victim, police say

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FAIRFIELD (KRON) — An attempted kidnapping suspect arrested in Fairfield told police he was trying to conduct a ‘citizen’s arrest’ when he pointed a pellet gun at a woman inside a business earlier this month. 

According to police, the ordeal began when the suspect allegedly witnessed the victim stealing from a business on the 2400 block of N. Texas Street in Fairfield.

The suspect, 19-year-old Josiah Washington, told police he had experience as a loss prevention officer — and wanted to conduct a ‘citizen’s arrest’ when he noticed what he believed to be a theft by the victim. 

During the altercation, the suspect pointed a pellet gun at the victim. She was able to fight him off, police said, leading him to flee in his car. 

On Feb. 3, the same suspect approached the woman at her apartment complex in Fairfield and told her she was being accused in a crime and had to return to the business with him. Police say Washington pointed a handgun at the woman and tried to pull her toward his car. She was able to get away and the suspect drove away. 

Fairfield police then took to social media with photos of the suspect and his car. By Feb. 21, police had identified the suspect — Washington later called the police department himself and spoke with detectives. 

Washington was arrested Feb. 28 on false imprisonment, attempted kidnapping and a weapons violation charge. 

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