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Court documents detail trail that led to teen abduction suspect

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On Sunday, March 8, 22-month-old Owen Wright was snatched in a park by a stranger. He was taken about a block and a half, before being dropped. The abductor remained at large for about 72 hours, until the Lincoln County Sheriff's office announced they'd made an arrest. That news came as a huge relief to Michael and Nicole Wright, the parents of that little boy nearly taken.

On Wednesday, the Lincoln County Sheriff said they'd arrested a 15-year-old boy and recommended he be charged with kidnapping. On Friday we learned the Lincoln County Prosecutor officially charged the teen with Kidnapping in the Second Degree. Friday we also learned much more about what led deputies to the 15-year-old.

The video everyone has seen is the surveillance video from a grocery store that shows the teen suspect running with the toddler in his arms. But it's not the only video of the suspect that exists.

Sprague City Hall has surveillance cameras that point northwest into the Sprague City Park where the abduction attempt started.

Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's office reviewed that video and say they found a male that fit the description of the person seen running in the previous surveillance video.

The video shows a male walking into the city park who immediately starts a conversation with the Wright children. Court documents say he picks up the toddler then walks over to the gazebo in the park. "They are there for a bit when the 10-year-old male leaves and plays, the 8-year-old girl is close by and then plays. The male subject then runs from the park gazebo at a 45 degree angle and out of camera view."

Deputies found a Baptism manual inside the gazebo and collected it as evidence. It would later help them track down the kidnapping suspect.

Based on the video, and the description of the abduction attempt, deputies had an idea who the suspect may be. They visited the home of the teen they would later arrest and spoke to him briefly about what he was doing that Sunday. His grandfather said he and his grandson (the eventual suspect) had gone to church, but were early because of Daylight Saving Time. He says he then dropped his grandson off and came home. The grandson was wearing a black blazer, which deputies asked to see. The

They then reviewed video from a gas station in Sprague, which shows the teen walking and carrying the black blazer.

Deputies then asked to speak with the teen and his grandfather again. This time the teen said he was wearing a brown blazer, despite questions from his grandfather about the color. According to court documents the teen said after church he jogged straight home in his coat jacket. Deputies informed him that video existed showing him walking, while carrying the blazer. The teen said it wasn't true, and then denied being the person in the video. He and his grandfather then asked for an attorney, and the interview ended.

Using a church flier found in the park gazebo, along with the baptism manual, deputies found and talked to the pastor at St. John Lutheran church. Pastor Mary Daniel said she had indeed given the teen suspect the Baptism manual because he said he was interested in getting baptized. She told deputies it had been some time since she'd given out those documents, so she remembered very well to whom she'd given them.

On Wednesday deputies asked the Wright family to visit the sheriff's office. They showed six pictures to the 8-year-old sister. Five pictures were of strangers, one was of the teen abduction suspect. She positively identified the teen in question. As she was leaving the office court documents say she told her dad, "I found the guy."

The teen was arrested later Wednesday afternoon.

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