By Emily Fitzgerald / [email protected]
Tacoma man accused of fleeing King County with his 15-year-old daughter in January faces felony charges after Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the couple camping near Mineral early of the month.
The 15-year-old had been listed as a missing and endangered minor in the Washington Crime Information Center (WCIC) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) systems since the accused, Kamel Hasim Mallette, 45, of Tacoma , allegedly assaulted the girl. mother and fled with the daughter in the mother’s vehicle on January 10, 2022.
The girl’s mother is her primary legal custodial parent under a signed parenting plan in King County, court documents show. Mallette allegedly “continually and repeatedly refused to return (the daughter) to her mother,” according to court documents.
A Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy located the mother’s stolen vehicle on February 5 and determined that Mallette and the daughter “may have been camping in the mountains of the mineral region,” but were not in able to locate them, according to court documents.
On April 13, someone notified the sheriff’s office that the girl had called her mother from the general mineral store, according to court documents. A deputy spoke to several witnesses at Mineral and was informed that Mallette and the girl were in town earlier in the day. Witnesses said they believed the couple was camping off US Forest Service Road 74 north of Mineral.
After investigating the location, the deputy “found two new sets of footprints in the snow and followed those tracks down the logging road,” according to court documents.
The deputy finds Mallette at his campsite around 10:30 p.m. that evening.
When contacted by the deputy, Mallette allegedly ran the girl “into the treeline in deep snow as he ran into the treeline in the opposite direction,” according to court documents. Mallette reportedly refused to obey the deputy’s “clear verbal instructions” and “based on officer safety concerns” the deputy left the area.
Mallette was charged with one count of interference with custody in the first degree, domestic violence and criminal abuse in the second degree, domestic violence on April 15. Judge James Lawler signed a $250,000 warrant for Mallette’s arrest.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office took him into custody that evening.
While Assistant District Attorney Joe Bassetti asked Lawler at Mallette’s preliminary hearing on Monday to maintain that $250,000 bond, Lawler opted to lower the bail amount to $50,000.
“This[amount of $250,000]was meant to put Mr. Mallette in custody and he’s here now, so that concern has gone away,” Lawler said.
However, Lawler said he agrees with Bassetti’s concerns about community safety and Mallette’s ability to follow court orders, citing them as his reasons for denying the court’s attorney’s request. defends Rachael Tiller from releasing Mallettee.
Mallette’s next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for Thursday, April 21.