Arraignment postponed for man accused of kidnapping Federal Way girl
By CASEY J. OLSON
Federal Way Mirror reporter
April 25, 2011 · Updated 6:13 PM
The arraignment hearing Monday for Benjamin Trinh, the man accused of kidnapping an 8-year-old Federal Way girl from a park near Olympic View Elementary School, was postponed, according to the King County Prosecutor’s office.
The arraignment was rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 27 in courtroom 1201 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.
Trinh is charged with first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation for the alleged abduction of the girl on April 11. Trinh, 28, remains in jail on $1 million bail.
According to details released in the charging papers, Trinh told police that after kidnapping the girl on the evening of April 11 from the playground in the Twin Lakes area of Federal Way, he drove to the McDonald’s drive-thru on South 348th Street, then ate in the Secoma Lanes parking lot before heading to the Target in The Commons Mall.
While at Target, Trinh bought the girl a swimsuit, sandals and candy, among other things, according to the charging papers. After purchasing the items, Trinh and the girl went to his home in Tacoma, where she changed into the swimsuit and went swimming at Bally Total Fitness in University Place, police said. Trinh then took her back to his house and committed sex acts with the girl, according to police. Trinh admitted to police during an interview to sexually assaulting the girl and taking photos while doing so.
Police said they found several other videos and photos in Trinh’s South Tacoma home of young girls performing sex acts. It’s not clear who the girls are, but police are asking other families to come forward if they have any suspicions.
Police are crediting an employee at the Federal Way Target store for the subsequent arrest of Trinh on April 12 in Tacoma. Police used surveillance video from the store, along with credit card receipts from things he bought the girl, to locate his Tacoma address.
The Target employee, a mother herself, received the Amber Alert over her cell phone April 11 and recognized the girl in the photo. The employee remembered seeing the 8-year-old with an Asian man earlier in the evening around the fitting rooms inside Target, according to police.
Contact Federal Way Mirror reporter Casey J. Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-925-5565 ext. 5056.