Police say a man arrested Thursday in the attempted abductions of a woman and a teenage girl in Bellingham is also suspected in the abduction of a 2-year-old girl at a Fred Meyer store this week.

Bellingham Police say the alleged child abduction happened Monday. The 27-year-old is a store employee, but was not working at the time. Police say the girl was separated from her parents and that the suspect brought her in from outside and handed her to another store employee.

The suspect allegedly told detectives he found the girl outside, but police say store security video shows the suspect holding the child s hand and leading her through the store, past the customer service desk and outside.

Detectives realized that the suspect matched the description of a man who allegedly attacked a 24-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl in separate incidents near Bellis Fair Mall on March 1. In both cases, the victims were sprayed in the face with some unknown substance.

Both of those happened within a few blocks of Fred Meyer.

Police say the suspect allegedly made statements to friends and relatives that he was the one responsible for the attempted abductions.

The suspect turned himself in Thursday and was booked on second degree kidnapping, two counts of attempted kidnapping and two counts of assault.

KING 5 News typically does not name suspects until they are formally charged.

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