Woman suspected of attempted child abductions arrested

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn police arrested a woman Tuesday afternoon for allegedly trying to abduct at least two children. We have confirmed two at this point, said Capt. Jim Wheldon of the Auburn Police Department. There could be more. Auburn police officers converged on a green Ford Explorer around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on High Street just east of Elm Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Eileen Spooner, of Auburn, sat on the sidewalk as officers drove alleged victims to the area to identify the suspect and her vehicle. Officers reportedly found a partially consumed bottle of whiskey and a prescription bottle of hydrocodone in the Explorer. Spooner, who appeared to be in her mid-50s to mid-60s, was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words, know your limits. She slurred her words as she shouted profanities at officers while laying on the sidewalk on her back. What did I do? Spooner shouted. I'll (expletive) kill you, you (expletive) idiots. Officers Gary Hopping and Chris Forman repeatedly asked Spooner her name and where she lived. At one point she said she lived in Garden Valley. Moments later she told officers she lived on Luther Road in Auburn. All of the attempted abductions involved elementary-school-aged children and all occurred in the area of Alta Vista School, Wheldon said. School officials were surprised to hear the news Tuesday evening. I am shocked, said Don Scott, a science teacher at Alta Vista. This is such a pleasant community. I don't think of that type of thing happening here. When reached by cell phone around 6 p.m. Michele Schuetz, Auburn Union Elementary School District superintendent, said she'd been in meetings all day and had not heard of the arrest. If any of the schools have suspicious people in cars we are notified and we get the message out immediately, Schuetz said. This information didn't come to me today. She said she would be in contact with Auburn Police officials and take appropriate action if deemed necessary. The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at or post a comment on