Charges have been dropped against a 28-year-old man accused of luring a child.
The suspect was released from the Benton County Jail and charges were dismissed.
The initial incident took place in Kennewick on October 19th. A Park Middle School student told Police she was assaulted by the driver of a blue minivan. The student claimed the suspect attempted to get her into the van. She was able to break free from the man, and he took off.
Video was obtained and the search was on for the suspect and vehicle in question.
Soon, the suspect was identified, located, and taken to the Benton County Jail.
However, after further investigation, it appears the series of events did NOT happen as the young female stated. The accused suspect, 28-year-old Devin Katsel was released from jail and cleared of all charges.
Kennewick Police issued a press release Friday.
Through further investigation, Kennewick Detectives located additional video of the reported incident. The
video captures the encounter of the two individuals but does not support the student’s reported claim. After an
additional interview with the student, it was determined that the luring and child molestation did not take
place. The video confirms the male did contact her while in his van and engaged her in conversation as she
walked to Park Middle School. Kennewick Police continue to investigate that conversation.
Police are continuing to investigate the case.
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