Police Beat: Bickering in the buff, delusions of grandeur and booze for breakfast

Staff writerMay 10, 2014 

Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.

May 2: The naked man wanted to be naked like his brother. He ended up in a jail smock.

His mother was tired of arguing with him. So were the neighbors, who called police to complain about door-slamming, yelling and the naked man’s assault on a garage door.

The call was a two-stager. It started earlier in the evening. Neighbors reported a man banging on doors, threatening suicide and slamming his head into walls.

Officers drove to an apartment complex in the 100 block of 96th Street East. Neighbors said the man, 29, was a regular troublemaker with mental health issues.

Officers knocked on the man’s door. His mother answered. Told that officers wanted to speak to her son, she said they were interfering in a private matter. Officers said they were responding to complaints from neighbors and reports of suicidal threats. The mother let them in.

“He’s in there,” she said, pointing to a bedroom door. She walked to another bedroom and closed the door behind her.

The man’s brother, 44, was lying on a couch in the living room, naked. He said nothing.

Officers knocked on the younger man’s door and opened it. The man yelled at them.

“Don’t come in here,” he said. “I’ll take your gun away from you.”

The officer asked if the man wanted to kill himself. The man said he didn’t, and told officers to go away.

Officers made a judgment call and started to leave. The man poked his head out of the bedroom and said he wanted to talk to them. They told him to step outside. He wouldn’t, and slammed his door shut again. The man peeked out again later and told officers he was calming down and going to bed.

Two hours later, another 911 call came from the same address. Over the phone, dispatchers heard a woman’s voice saying, “Burn everything, go ahead,” and “You had a knife before.”

Officers rolled back to the apartment. This time they cuffed the 29-year-old man. They asked if he would accept a mental health evaluation. The man said he wanted officers to take their guns and shoot him.

They tried to talk to his mother, who was in her room.

“What?” she said angrily, according to the report. She picked up her phone and said she had to make a call.

Officers talked to the man’s older brother, who was still on the couch. The living room was his area. The man said his brother came into the living room naked and refused to leave when asked.

What about burning everything?

The older brother said the younger brother was always threatening to burn things, so his mother told him to go ahead. The younger brother had broken a picture frame and damaged a door.

On the way to the patrol car, the 29-year-old let his body go limp. As officers carried him, he tried to bang his head against a wall. They took him to the Fife City Jail, booked him on suspicion of destruction of property, and requested a mental health evaluation.

May 6: The transient said he was God, but he lacked the identification to prove it.

He was 33. He sat on a bench in Fireman’s Park at 801 A St. and smoked. An officer patrolling the area on a bicycle told him smoking was prohibited in the park. The man stubbed his cigarette out on the bench.

The officer asked for the man’s name and identification. The man said he was God. The officer asked for the name on his birth certificate. The man repeated several times that he was God and that he didn’t have to answer questions. He added a profane command.

The officer ignored it and called for backup. The man finally gave a first name, but not a last. He said he hated police and that the officer had “punched him in the chest” previously.

The officer said he hadn’t. The man said the officer was stupid and deaf. He repeated the story of getting punched.

The officer told the man that initial contact was a minor infraction, but refusing to provide identification could change that. The man repeated his profane command.

Two more officers arrived. After a mini-wrestling match, they cuffed the man. He identified himself. They booked him into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of obstructing a police officer, and banned him from the park for a year.

May 7: Wine for breakfast was the key ingredient in an ugly morning.

At 7:45 a.m., officers responded to a reported fight between two women in the 1200 block of South I Street. One woman was described as wearing dark clothing. The other wore a purple shirt.

Driving to the intersection, officers found no trace of the combatants — but another call came in at that moment. The report said a woman in a purple shirt had thrown rocks at a man’s car and broken his windshield.

Officers soon found the man. He was 63. His parked car was nearby, with a shattered windshield.

He said he’d seen the two women fighting, driven on a bit and parked his car. As he stepped out, the woman in the purple shirt walked up and started yelling at him.

“You the police?” he recalled her saying. She called him old, added an adjective, and finished with a slur.

The man said he asked the woman what her problem was, and she threw a handful of gravel at him. He turned to avoid the spray, and she threw another. She picked up a bigger rock and threw it at his car. She picked it up again, threw it at his windshield and fled.

The man said he wasn’t injured and didn’t need medical aid. Officers started searching for the woman. They found her a few blocks away, at the intersection of South 15th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. She was wearing a purple shirt, and she was drunk.

She was 27. She said she’d been drinking wine all morning, and gotten into a fight with another woman she wouldn’t identify. She said the older man in the car, “tried to get all up on me.” Asked about throwing rocks, she stopped talking.

Officers gave her citations for misdemeanor assault and destruction of property and released her at the scene.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486

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