A 31-year-old car thief made a series of increasingly poor decisions Thursday, according to charging papers.
Pierce County court records give this account:
The man forced a woman from her car at knifepoint at a bar near 112th Street South and Pacific Avenue and fled in the vehicle.
As sheriff’s deputies responded to the robbery, a State Patrol trooper responded to a report of a two-car wreck on Interstate 5. As the trooper arrived, he saw the suspected robber, who ran. The trooper tackled him and saw the man had a knife in his hand, which he refused to drop, even at gunpoint.
Ultimately the trooper, Lakewood police, and a Liquor Control agent were able to take the suspect into custody.
He was uncooperative when it came to being handcuffed, and a Lakewood officer used a stun gun on him.
Investigators found the man had methamphetamine and a glass pipe, and he appeared to be high on something.
The man was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, and it was determined that he was having a heart attack.
While at the hospital, the suspect tried to grab a trooper’s gun.
He wasn’t going to shoot, he later told the trooper. He just wanted to take the gun and run, he said.
The man pleaded not guilty at arraignment Monday to the charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, felony harassment, trying to disarm an officer and obstructing police.
Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $1 million.