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Bail set at $100,000 for man accused of kidnap near T.J. Meenach Bridge

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Atif Ado, 28, was arrested early Sunday morning under suspicion of kidnapping a woman as she walked home near the T.J. Meenach Bridge. (KHQ / Courtesy photo)
Atif Ado, 28, was arrested early Sunday morning under suspicion of kidnapping a woman as she walked home near the T.J. Meenach Bridge. (KHQ / Courtesy photo)

A man accused of trying to abduct a woman as she walked home near the T.J. Meenach Bridge early Sunday morning had bail set at $100,000 Monday afternoon.

Aitf Ado, 28, who has no criminal history in Spokane County and speaks limited English, faces a charge of first-degree felony kidnapping. He was arrested Sunday after the woman was able to spot him in a police lineup after she said he followed her home, assaulted her and held a gun to her head.

Court records say the woman was walking back to her apartment along Northwest Boulevard headed toward the bridge, when she was approached about 2 a.m. by Ado, who told her he needed help with his vehicle.

The woman said she told Ado she couldn’t help and continued walking, records say. Ado continued following her onto the bridge, insisting that he help her, but she was eventually able to take a shortcut behind a Wastewater Treatment Plant pump facility near her apartment.

It was then, according to court documents, that Ado grabbed her from behind and put a gun to her and asked if she “wanted to die.” The woman told police she was able to push him away and turn toward her apartment, but she was grabbed again and pulled down a small hill, where they landed in a heap.

The woman was holding a small pocket knife, which was knocked out of her hand when she fell. She began fighting with Ado and was able to escape up the hill and call police.

When officers arrived, they located Ado north of the bridge. Once he was detained, according to documents, they found the gun was a replica BB gun.

Ado’s next court hearing is scheduled for July 3.


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