A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday after allegedly forcibly marrying a 16-year old girl, police said.
The girl, who is not being identified because of the girl’s age, was living in a rural community about 30 miles east of the city of Seattle, the police department said in a news release.
Police said a detective who had been investigating the case received a tip about the alleged marriage from a woman who was with the teen when she was abducted.
The detective called the girl and the girl agreed to marry the suspect.
The detective then contacted the girl after she was kidnapped and gave her the suspect’s cellphone number.
He also provided her with information about a possible abduction.
The suspect contacted the detective and told him the woman had been kidnapped, police reported.
The police department identified the suspect as James B. Lee, of North Lake.
Police arrested Lee after a brief foot chase, and he was taken into custody shortly after, the news release said.
Lee was charged with two counts of forcible marriage, one count of child abuse, one charge of child endangerment and one count each of first-degree kidnapping, unlawful restraint and child endanger.