SHELTON — Bail was set at $100,000 for a 32-year-old California man accused of second-degree kidnapping with the intent of child molestation or sexual contact at Walmart in Shelton.
Joseph S. Paz-Alvarez is accused in Mason County Superior Court of committing the alleged offenses with an 8-year-old girl on Friday. Paz-Alvarez made his initial court appearance Monday morning.
Shelton Police allege that Paz-Alvarez approached a child in the children’s section of Walmart, pulled the child to the ground and attempted to remove the child’s clothing.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Crawford argued for $1 million bail, telling superior court Judge Monty Cobb that Paz-Alvarez was an “extreme danger” to the community.
“This individual tried to abduct an 8-year-old child, and tried to rape her, tried to molest her, and expose himself in front of that 8-year-old child, and also in front of a 4-year-old child,” Crawford said.
The father also witnessed it and struggled with the Paz-Alvarez to free the child, Crawford said.
Appointed defense attorney Peter Jones countered that the charges were not clearly defined, according to state law.
Jones argued that there was no sexual contact or molestation and he called for $10,000 bail. He recommended charges of unlawful imprisonment with fourth-degree sexual motivation.
Jones told the court that Paz-Alvarez said he was under “U.S. government mind control” when he committed the crimes.
Police said the child was not injured, but extremely traumatized by the incident.