A 5 year old girl kicked and screamed and was able to escape the grasp of a 21 year old Maple Valley man who picked her up while she was at an apartment complex playground.

Maple Valley Police were called to the apartment complex in the 21900 block of SE Wax Rd last night around 6:30 pm after the 5 year old’s mother called police when the girl came home crying.

Witnesses told police that the 5 year old girl and a 4 year old boy were playing on the swings in the apartment complex playground when the man approached the children.

Witnesses saw the man talk to the children and then pick up the girl off of the swing. That is when the girl kicked, screamed and hit the man until he put her down.

A witness grabbed the 4 year old boy to protect him from the man and another witness confronted the man.

Maple Valley police located the man a short distance away from the apartments. The man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Unlawful Imprisonment.