Kent golfers subdue woman who kidnapped Federal Way girls, attacked pregnant woman

Federal Way Police Department - Courtesy City of Federal Way
Federal Way Police Department
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A Lakewood woman who allegedly kidnapped two girls from a Federal Way store parking lot, stole the vehicle the girls were in and attacked a pregnant woman was finally subdued by several golfers in Kent until police arrived on Feb. 28.

Natalie Merriam Hulme, age 49, was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft on March 5 in King County Superior Court.

Before Hulme kidnapped the girls, video surveillance shows her approaching the girls’ mother in the parking lot of “We Buy Gold,” located in the 33600 block of Pacific Highway S. in Federal Way.

The mother later told police that Hulme asked her if she was going into the store and then held the door open for her. The mother left her keys in the ignition of her vehicle, along with her 5-year-old in the front seat and her 2-year-old in a carseat.

Hulme then stepped around the mother, ran to the truck and locked both the driver’s side door and the passenger door where the girl was sitting, according to charging documents. The girl opened her door, but Hulme backed out of the parking lot, drove over a curb, hit a set of mailboxes and drove off with the passenger door still open.

While she was driving to Kent, Hulme took the 5-year-old’s stuffed zebra, ripped its ears off and told the girl she would rip her ears off too, the girl told police. The woman also allegedly yelled at the older girl to get out of the vehicle while it was still moving, but the girl stayed so she could protect her younger sister, the report continues.

Hulme drove the vehicle to Meeker Street, near the Riverbend golf course in Kent, where she stopped, possible due to the flat two front tires.

Witnesses said the woman walked down Meeker Street and attempted to get into several vehicles that were stopped due to rush hour traffic. Hulme was able to get into the passenger side of a vehicle, where she allegedly climbed on top of a pregnant woman, according to court documents.

The pregnant woman claimed Hulme elbowed her in her stomach while she grabbed for the steering wheel, causing the pregnant woman pain. A bystander pulled Hulme out of the vehicle and several golfers subdued her until police arrived.

The pregnant woman was transported to the hospital.

Hulme is being held at the King County Jail and her bail was set at $200,000.

Her criminal history includes felony convictions for possession of stolen property, forgery and drug charges. She also has non-felony convictions for hit and run, theft, shoplifting, obstructing a false charge and failure to transfer a title.


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