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Vancouver man in court in alleged attempted kidnapping of boy, 5

By , Columbian staff writer

A Vancouver man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 5-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon at Marshall Park in the Central Park neighborhood.

Khael A. Aguilar-McNamee, 24, was originally scheduled to appear Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, but jail deputies said he refused to participate. The hearing was set over to Friday to see if he would cooperate, but, again, deputies were unable to get him out of his jail cell.

Aguilar-McNamee’s court-appointed attorney, Jason Bailes, asked Judge John Fairgrieve on Friday for a competency evaluation order. His next court hearing is Monday to enter the order. In the meantime, he is being held on $500,000 bail. 

Vancouver police officers responded around 5 p.m. Wednesday to the park and found Aguilar-McNamee sitting under a gazebo, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police said he admitted he tried to take the boy from where the boy was playing on a slide. Aguilar-McNamee allegedly told police when the boy’s mom tried to stop him, he tried to hit her in the face, the affidavit states.

He also allegedly told police he is sexually attracted to children, the affidavit says.

The boy’s mother identified Aguilar-McNamee as the person who tried to take her son, according to the affidavit.