Tacoma man charged with threatening to blow up neighborhood

Staff writerMarch 28, 2014 

A 42-year-old Tacoma man threatened children walking past his apartment on their way to school and said he would “blow the whole damn neighborhood up” when confronted, according to court records.

The confrontation took place Wednesday in the 2000 block of East 43rd Street.

A woman called police after hearing the man yell threats at her two kids, aged 12 and 14. She and a friend confronted the man, who was looking down from his window with a telescope, and he allegedly threatened to blow up the neighborhood.

Witnesses said this is not the first time he’s made that threat.

As officers responded to the area, the man allegedly called 911 and claimed the children had weapons and were threatening him. Police noted that the kids were already in school.

An 8-inch knife was found in the man’s pocket when he was arrested. Prosecutors have charged him with threatening to bomb or injure property.

The man pleaded not guilty and was held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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