Man arrested for attempting to kidnap child from trampoline park

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a man for attempting to kidnap a child from a trampoline park.

On February 17, a mother reported picking up her 9-year-old son from a trampoline park in Spokane Valley. The boy told her that an employee, later identified as 21-year-old Ryan Higginbotham, offered the child $150 to go into his car with him to get a car wash, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The child declined, but Higginbotham reportedly continued following him around the park.

The mother called the business the next day to make sure they were aware of the incident, and they informed her that Higginbotham was no longer employed with the company.

Deputies spoke with the trampoline park manager, who told them that she talked with Higginbotham after the mother called, and he admitted to asking the boy to go out to his car, and that he offered $150 to him.

Deputies then reached out to Higginbotham, who told them that he joked with a child, telling them they should wash his car. He denied ever offering money, and he said he had no intention of taking the child anywhere.

Higginbotham was arrested for second-degree attempted kidnapping, and was booked into the Spokane County Jail. His bond is set at $500,000.