Spokane, Washington: Secret decoder ring needed in kidnap case

A 28-year-old “man” has been arrested in a violent kidnapping case, luckily the woman fought back and escaped.



Atif Ado in court on June 25th:   //www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/jun/26/bail-set-at-100000-for-man-accused-of-kidnap-near-/


Ann Coulter once said that the way news stories are written about crime cases involving migrants and refugees one needs a “secret decoder ring” to figure out what nationality the alleged attacker is and what might be his or her immigration status.

Reader Linda sent me the story from Spokane and this morning I had a few minutes to search news stories about the arrest of Atif Ado.

After reading a couple of stories, I’m concluding that he is most likely a refugee. 

The last name Ado is a common surname in Niger, but we don’t generally take refugees from Niger.  According to the US State Department’s data base, Wrapsnet, Spokane welcomed (in the last ten years) 344 refugees from the DR Congo, 117 from Eritrea, 149 from Somali and 192 from Sudan.

Before I tell you more, here is one of several local news stories about the attack.

This one gives us our first real clue! I’d like to know though if there are any curious reporters out there willing to find out exactly how the alleged kidnapper got in to the US.

From KXLY:

SPOKANE, Wash. – A woman managed to fight off an attacker on the TJ Meenach bridge shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The man accused of attacking her, 28-year-old Atif Ado, appeared in court Monday morning. A judge set his bond at $100,000. Ado also had a translator to translate the proceedings into Arabic.  

The interpreter is shown over Ado’s left shoulder in the photo.  Be sure to watch the video that accompanies the KXLY story.

Ado is accused of attacking that woman near the bridge and attempting to pull her into a secluded area where they couldn’t be seen.

According to court documents, that woman says a man yelled to her near the bridge that he needed help with his car. She said she could not assist him and kept walking.

But, as she tried to take a shortcut home through some trees, the victim says her attacker grabbed her and pointed a bb gun at her head.

“In this particular instance, this guy had very realistic replica firearm in his pocket,” said Spokane Police Department Public Information Officer John O’Brien. “Who’s to know what is and what isn’t a real gun?”

Court documents say the victim struggled with her attacker as she tried to climb a hill to escape. As she called 911, the attacker pulled her back down the hill where she fought him off once again, this time getting out for good.

“I’m glad this woman was able to get away, fighting back and get away from that situation,” O’Brien said.


Ado is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 3 at 9:30.

More here.

Okay, so we know he needed an Arabic translator.

BTW, if you didn’t know, Arabic is the number one language spoken by refugees admitted to the US.

Arabic is also the number one language spoken in the Sudan and is a working language in Eritrea and Somalia, but not a recognized language in the DR Congo (he also doesn’t have the broad features of the Congolese).  So we can do some speculating narrowing down his nationality.

For critics who don’t like me speculating about his immigration status or nationality, all I can say is that we are entitled to know which immigration program admitted this man or if he is here illegally.

And, if you don’t want the word “refugee” further sullied, you should join me in demanding that the public is fully informed of immigration status by the police and the media, or otherwise we will assume, based on the evidence we can find, that he is a refugee (who wasn’t thoroughly screened!).


world relief spokane

Changing Spokane! From World Relief Spokane’s website:  https://worldreliefspokane.org/about-world-relief-spokane


Note to local Spokane reporters….

Check out World Relief Spokane, the primary federally-funded resettlement agency there. See if they will admit that he is one of theirs.