Note pleading for help leads to assault arrest in Tacoma

Staff writerMay 20, 2014 

A woman was so afraid of her live-in boyfriend that she slipped a note to a convenience store clerk asking the clerk to call 911 on their vehicle, according to court records.

The clerk did just that on Saturday, reading the dispatcher the vehicle’s license plate. A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy pulled them over on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma.

The woman allegedly told deputies she didn’t try to run from 36-year-old Mark Valucus because she was afraid of what he would do to her and her infant.

She claimed Valucus hit her on the side of her head with a baseball bat during an argument that day then held a pocket knife to her throat while threatening to kill her.

Valucus then allegedly told her to take a ride with him so they could calm down. When they stopped at a convenience store, the woman gave the clerk the note and asked for help.

On Thursday, Valucus allegedly stabbed the woman’s left hand, burned her with a cigarette and repeatedly punched her, according to court records.

Prosecutors have charged Valucus with two counts of second-degree assault and felony harassment. Superior Court Judge Phil Sorensen ordered Valucus jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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