DORI MONSON

Everett mom who confronted alleged thief gets son’s bike back

May 8, 2019, 4:16 PM | Updated: 4:30 pm
Everett mom...
(KIRO 7)
(KIRO 7)

Criminals, take note — don’t mess with Everett mom Cate Harrington.

Harrington first came on the Dori Monson Show show two years ago when she organized crews to pick up syringes and drug paraphernalia. She made headlines again earlier this week when she spotted and confronted the man who allegedly stole her 11-year-old son’s bike out of their fenced yard.

“I was driving down Broadway in North Everett when my son’s bike literally cut me off,” she said with a laugh.

The determined Everett mom followed the suspected bicycle thief to the parking lot of a pizza restaurant, where she asked for the bike back. She said that he refused to give her the bicycle and yelled that he would shoot her, though she believes this threat was unsubstantiated, as he held no weapon.

RELATED: Test-driver totals car, runs off in Everett

At this point, Harrington began recording a video and went after the man herself. The suspect got away, but she later put the video on social media.

She said that she felt she had to take matters into her own hands if she wanted her son to have his bike again.

“If I had called 911, it’s not going to be a high-priority call — it’s a children’s bike that got stolen,” Harrington said. “So chances are that he was going to be long gone by the time they responded.”

While Harrington was doing an interview with Q13 News Tuesday evening in Everett, the man rode up and told the Q13 reporter that he thought the bike had been stolen from his brother. He added that he felt bad for Harrington, as he had also had a bike stolen while he was in jail.

“My question to him was, ‘Then why didn’t you stop when I first stopped you?’ … We could have resolved it right then and there,” Harrington said. “Instead he chose to right away call me names and threaten me.”

These, she told him, are “not the actions of an innocent person.”

Ultimately, Harrington got the bike back, but she said it’s not the same bike as can be seen in the video from earlier this week.

“They stripped it, they took a lot of things off of it, they spray-painted it,” she said.

She added that the suspect had admitted to her that he changed the bike.

“Why would you change it if you were not trying to hide the fact that it was stolen?” she said.

She would like to see the man prosecuted, but noted that usually, when thieves give a stolen bike back to the owner on law enforcement’s orders, they don’t get charged with a crime.

“He’s probably already got a new [stolen bike],” she commented.

Four years ago, Harrington founded the Facebook Group Take Back Our Neighborhood to try to put a stop to the crime in town. The group has garnered over 3,300 members, but Harrington said that despite the activism, not much has changed on Everett’s streets.

“We’re tired of being victims and feeling like we’re forced to continue to be a victim,” she said. “Because we do all the right things, and we still don’t get the right results … we still haven’t seen the kind of results that we would’ve expected to have seen by now with the programs that are being set in place.”

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Dori Monson stage show...
MyNorthwest Staff

Watch: Dori Monson’s ‘What are the Odds?’ stage show

In 2019, Dori Monson hosted a stage show - 'What are the Odds?' - which introduced you to the people who helped shape his improbable career.
1 month ago
Dori Monson welcomes the Moose back to KIRO. Follow @http://twitter.com/Mynorthwest...
MyNorthwest Staff

A collection of the all-time best Dori Monson stories

With the passing of Dori Monson, a collection of some of his top stories to remember all the hard work Dori brought to Seattle.
1 month ago
Alaska, fishing...
KIRO Newsradio staff

Listen: Friends, colleagues offer tribute to KIRO Newsradio’s Dori Monson

All day Monday, KIRO Newsradio's John Curley talked to friends, news makers, and more in tribute to Dori Monson.
1 month ago
Dori Monson Shorecrest...
Dori Monson Show

How to support charities reflecting Dori Monson’s values, passions

In tribute to Dori Monson, learn more about how you can support these three charities which best reflect his values, passions, and advocacy.
1 month ago
Dori Monson Nicole Thompson...
MyNorthwest Staff

Broadcasters, politicians, coworkers and friends remember Dori Monson

Dori Monson, a longtime KIRO Newsradio host, passed away Saturday. He is remembered by public figures, broadcasters, coworkers, and listeners.
1 month ago
Dori Monson...
MyNorthwest Staff

Longtime KIRO Newsradio host Dori Monson dies at age 61

We are deeply saddened to announce Dori Monson's sudden passing on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at a Seattle hospital.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Everett mom who confronted alleged thief gets son’s bike back