Truck driver is arrested after trying to abduct bikini-barista from drive-thru window by using looped zip-ties
Police arrest the suspect at 11am Tuesday at his home near Seattle
They identified him by a ‘unique’ tattoo which says ‘Chevrolet’ on his left arm
He has not yet been charged but was hunted on suspicion of attempted kidnap
The bikini-wearing barista was nearly abducted early Monday in Washington
The suspect grabbed the woman’s arm and tried to restrain her with zip ties
Suspect let go and drove off after would-be victim fought off her attacker
The victim said she had never seen the suspect before
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to abduct a bikini-clad barista at Beankini Espresso, in Auburn, Washington, through a drive-thru window. Beankini Espresso is a female-owned business that serves coffee and espresso through a drive-thru window and the dress code for the female employees in minimal.
The suspect, who has not been publicly identified, was arrested at 11am on Tuesday, at his home in Auburn, Washington.
Investigators were able to search his vehicle and found evidence linking him to the scene, as well as spotting his unique ‘Chevrolet’ tattoo on his left forearm.
The driver of the Chevy Silverado will remain in police custody and has yet to be officially charged with anything.
Truck driver attempts to abduct barister from the Drive Thru at Beankini Espresso, in Auburn, Washington on Monday Jan. 17
Video surveillance shows the man pulling up to the window in a truck around 5am on Monday at the Beankini Espresso Auburn, a drive-thru coffee shop located in a suburb near Seattle. The bikini-clad baristas are part of the attraction of the coffee shop.
The shop is equipped with a silent panic button, metal doors and surveillance cameras. Staff are also allowed to have mace and tasers.
Surveillance cameras at the Drive-thru shows the alleged kidnapper grabbing the arm of the barista as she tried to hand him some cash through the window of his car.
The barista is seen handing the suspect cash back before he rips out zip ties and attempts to drag her through the drive-thru window.
The victim believes the incident was a ‘random act’. She added that she had worked at the company for nine years, and it is female-owned and puts employee safety first.
Auburn Police Department spokesperson Kolby Crossley said: ‘They are in vulnerable positions because they’re usually controlling those spots by themselves at early hours in the morning when it’s dark outside.
‘But this barista did an awesome job of protecting herself and fighting this person off.’
Authorities added that they arrested the suspect after ‘overwhelming support from the community.’
In the surveillance footage, the suspect is seen grabbing the woman’s arm with one hand while holding a looped zip tie device in the other – before he attempts to drag the victim out of the window.
The barista fought back and eventually set herself free before the man quickly sped off with some dollar bills falling to the ground.
The target of the abduction attempt said: ‘Our owner allows us to shut the window on any customer and handle every situation in the way we feel comfortable. We are allowed to refuse service to anyone for any reason.’
On Monday morning, when the incident occurred, she said the man ordered a drink and paid for it before requesting change for a $5 bill.
When she went back to give him the five one-dollar bills, he grabbed her. She and her colleagues had never seen him before.