Police Beat: Woman at 19th and Stevens gets some bum advice from 'the voices'

Staff writerJune 7, 2014 

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

May 30: The sun was up, and the moon was full.

The dispatch call came from several drivers near the intersection of South 19th and Stevens streets, transfixed by an unusual sight. Officers drove to the scene and found a woman flashing her backside at cars.

She was 45, bent over, with her pants and green underwear at her ankles.

An officer stepped out of his car and walked over.

“Hey — pull your pants up,” he said.

The woman looked up, pulled up and walked away. The officer ran, caught up with her and cuffed her.

“The voices made me do it,” the woman said.

Witnesses told the officer the woman had been standing at the corner for five minutes. Passing vehicles included a school bus.

The officer took the woman to the Fife City Jail and booked her on suspicion of indecent exposure.

June 1: The calls to 911 kept coming — 20 to 30 of them in a short span. The woman had no emergency to report, and she was harassing the call takers. They told her to stop. She didn’t.

Officers drove to an address in the 3800 block of Tacoma Avenue South and spoke to the woman in person. Stop harassing the operators or face arrest, they said. The woman, 51, said she understood.

The officers left. The woman called 911 two more times. The officers came back. They told her she was under arrest. She said she hadn’t called. The call takers and phone records said otherwise.

Officers booked the woman into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of telephone harassment. Her birthdate: 9-11.

June 3: Here’s a hint for vehicle prowlers — the transit center near the Tacoma Dome has surveillance cameras, which are especially effective in broad daylight.

Transit security officers and the cameras watched a man with a backpack sidling through the areas where bikes and motorcycles were parked. The man walked to a red mountain bike and pulled on the rear tire repeatedly. The bike wouldn’t come loose.

The man moved to a gray motorcycle. He tried to open a helmet compartment, failed and knocked the motorcycle over.

The man walked to a white bike and pulled it. It wouldn’t come loose from the rack. He pulled out a pair of pliers and fiddled with the rear tire. He moved to a blue motorcycle, tried to open a helmet compartment, and failed. He moved to another motorcycle and began to tamper with it, then abruptly walked away and took out a mobile phone.

At that point, security officers stopped him and called police. An officer drove to the transit center at 610 Tacoma Avenue and looked the man over.

The man was 31. He said he wanted to talk to a lawyer and refused to say more.

He was a registered Level 3 sex offender, listed as homeless, under supervision by the state Department of Corrections, most recently convicted in 2010 on a charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. He wore an ankle bracelet with a GPS monitor.

In addition to the pliers, he carried a ring of 11 padlock keys — standard vehicle prowling equipment.

The officer banned the man from Pierce Transit property for a year. He was taken to the Fife City Jail and booked on suspicion of vehicle prowling, malicious mischief and possession of motor vehicle theft tools. The man said he was suicidal. He was transferred to the SCORE jail in Des Moines.

June 3: After being told to quiet down, the man insisted on his right to make noise. He lost the argument.

The call was a two-parter. It started shortly after 10 p.m. when neighbors complained about a fight in an apartment parking lot. Officers drove to a complex in the 3800 block of North Pearl Street.

They found the man in the parking lot. The original report said two other people — a man and a woman — were involved in the fight, but they weren’t around.

The man in the parking lot was 29 and drunk. Officers gave him a warning: Cool off, or get arrested. They left.

Two hours later, another call came in from the same address. Officers drove back and knocked on an apartment door. No one answered. Loud music thumped inside, and voices crowded together. The argument revolved around who would answer the door.

Eventually, a woman opened it after several more knocks.

Officers told her the music was too loud. The woman said she could play loud music until 2 a.m. — it was in her lease agreement, and she paid extra rent.

As the argument wore on, the 29-year-old man came out and joined in. Officers told him to quiet down. He wouldn’t. Officers told him to go back inside. He wouldn’t.

Reminding the man of the earlier warning, officers arrested him, cuffed him and put him in a patrol car. They gave the woman a warning about the loud music. When she saw the man getting arrested, she stopped arguing.

The cuffed man kept asking why he was being arrested. Officers told him several times. On the way to the Fife City Jail, he ranted about Tacoma police, underlining his point with an active verb. He was booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and creating a public disturbance.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486; sean.robinson@thenewstribune.com; @seanrobinsonTNT

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