The intruder didn’t want to go, and he allegedly demonstrated that with a plastic water gun, a walking stick and his fists.
The confrontation took place April 26 behind a Tacoma duplex in the 1700 block of 112th Street South.
According to court documents:
A 26-year-old man let himself in to the fenced yard through an unlocked gate. When a woman insisted he leave, the man assaulted her and three other people in the backyard, including a 2-year-old child.
He punched the adults and the child, hit a woman with a large, plastic water gun, and threw a 4-foot-long stick at two others.
Officers took the man into custody behind a nearby church. He denied attacking anyone and said the women pulled his shirt over his head and hit him so he finally “swung back,” records show.
Police noted he had no apparent injuries and admitted he was not hurt.
On Monday, the man pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and second-degree burglary. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $35,000.
Pierce County prosecutors said it’s unknown whether the man knew the victims, but at least one of them knew who he was.
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