Olympia police arrested a 30-year-old transient on suspicion of luring Monday, in connection with an April 10 incident involving three boys who were playing in a wooded area off of Fern Street on the west side.
During a court hearing Tuesday, a judge found probable cause to support a count of luring against the suspect, Abraham Allen. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller ordered Allen held at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $20,000.
Olympia detectives arrested Allen Monday at the Nisqually Jail, where he was being held on another matter.
During the April 10 incident, a man approached three boys while they were playing in the woods, and told them hat he wanted to film them in a movie he was making. Two of the boys are 8, and one of them is 9.
"He told the boys he was filming a movie called 'Robin Hook,' and needed them to be in the movie," court papers state. "...He said they needed to come to his camp because the bows and arrows that were props for the movie were at his camp."
The man drew the boys a map to the area where he was making the "movie," and told them to follow him there.
The boys did not follow the man, but later told a parent about the incident. The parent called police.
The 9-year-old boy's mother said Tuesday that she finds it "creepy" that a man would approach her son and his friends and try to get them to follow him.
"If he had been able to get them to follow him in the woods, who knows what would have happened," the woman said in a phone interview Tuesday.
A detective who looked at the map the suspect gave to the boys noticed that it led to a homeless encampment in the 1600 block of Division Street, court papers state.
The 9-year-old's mother said her son told her the luring suspect also offered the boys food.
An investigating detective learned that the suspect had told the boys his name. The detective recognized the name as belonging to Allen. The detective was familiar with Allen as someone who tags graffiti in Olympia, a police report states. The detective also knew Allen to have a tattoo on his neck, which the boys also verified.
The boys identified Allen as the suspect who had approached them from a photo montage, court papers state.
Allen has a lengthy criminal history, including arrests for drug possession, malicious mischief, bail jumping, shoplifting and theft, court papers state.
When detectives interviewed Allen at the jail, he admitted approaching the boys and asking them to help him with his movie, court papers state. But he denied asking them to follow him into the woods.
"I am one of the good guys," Allen said, according to court papers. "I protect kids from people who do bad things to them."
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; firstname.lastname@example.org