Editors note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.
April 3: The officer had been warned: The Trespasser was argumentative.
She had been barred from the Tacoma Public Library six months earlier for making threats. When she came in and started to use a computer, the librarian called the cops.
The officer patiently explained that the Trespasser had not broken a law, and he could not arrest her. The librarian bristled. The officer said he would make sure she didnt come in again. The librarian was pleased.
He asked the Trespasser to come chat with him. She seemed cooperative enough. Then he explained that she could no longer come back. Well, being barred was too much to bear.
The Trespasser raised her voice, threatening to call a lawyer and President Obama. She insisted she had a right to be inside a federal library. Then she threatened to kill the police officer and librarian.
She walked off still yelling of injustice.
April 4: He was down on his luck and just wanted some booze.
The man, 35, walked into a grocery store on South 56th Street with a backpack slung over his shoulder. He pushed a cart down the aisles, making a beeline for the alcohol.
He selected a bottle, or two, or three and placed them in the backpack for safekeeping. He didnt realize a security guard was keeping an eye on him.
When the thirsty man pushed the cart outside, the guard stopped him. They struggled. The man hit the guard in the cheek and took off running, his precious booze still with him.
Police found him lying in the grass of a nearby house, clad in jeans and a T-shirt.
He told them a story about being homeless, hungry, losing his wife and job, being an alcoholic fighting withdrawals. He just wanted a drink he was going to pay for it. The officer asked him how much money he had in his pocket. He sheepishly admitted he had three cents.
April 3: The man was no silver-tongued devil.
When police pulled over his rented U-Haul, he stuttered. He sounded nervous. He claimed he rented the truck to move his stuff from Yelm, but admitted he hadnt found a place yet. He had two buddies in the cab with him.
The officer explained the situation. A neighbor saw him pull into a driveway in the 1100 block of North Adams Street and take something from the yard. The homeowner couldnt find her copper pot to put away the garden hose. Might he know where it was?
The man pointed into the back of the truck, where the pot was surrounded by extension cords and trash.
His companions remained silent. One claimed his buddies had just picked him up from the grocery store, and he knew nothing about a theft. The other refused to talk and appeared to be on drugs.
The officer decided to arrest the two spotted by the neighbor stealing the pot.
The man had one last request: He wanted the officer to apologize to the lady for him.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 firstname.lastname@example.org