Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.
April 26: Stories starting with the discovery of a sex tape never seem to end well.
The dispatch call reported a domestic incident involving a gun. Officers drove to the 6200 block of South Fife Street. They were told the suspect, a man, had left the house and the victim, a woman, was following him.
Officers found the woman first. She was 32. She said she’d just talked to her ex-boyfriend at a nearby park. She hugged him and felt a gun in his waistband. She took it from him, emptied it of bullets, and took him to her house, where they discussed the future.
The woman said her ex said if he couldn’t be with her, he’d kill himself. He asked if they were going to be together. She said she needed to think about it.
The boyfriend left the house with the gun. The woman followed and called 911, she said.
One officer asked about the nature of the relationship.
The woman said the two used to date, but broke up and were still living together.
Had the man threatened her with gun?
No, she said.
Was she assaulted?
No, she said — but the boyfriend had attempted suicide before. He used to accuse her of cheating all the time, she said. She refused to write a statement. She said she didn’t want the man prosecuted. Asked if she wanted a protection order from the court, she said maybe.
Another officer found the boyfriend. He was 30. He carried a bottle of liquor. He had no weapons. The officer asked about the gun. The man said he didn’t have it. It was “by the nightstand.”
The boyfriend said he’d found a video online of his girlfriend having sex with another man. He said he went to her house to confront her. He said he didn’t point the gun at anyone. He said he threw it down and left.
Officers spoke to a witness who had seen the woman following the man. The witness said he saw the man lift his hand and point to something that looked like a silver gun.
Officers made a judgment call. They arrested the man on suspicion of intimidation with a weapon. They booked him into the Fife City Jail. During booking, jail officers found two bullets in the man’s pocket.
April 25: The dispatch call came from a man who said a woman had assaulted his girlfriend. The attacker was described as 21 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, thin, wearing a black coat and black yoga pants.
Officers drove to the 4600 block of 35th Street Northeast in Tacoma. The spotted a woman who matched the description, walking along the road. The woman noticed the patrol car and kept walking. The officer got out and called to her. The woman held a phone to her ear.
The officer heard her say she’d been in a fight with her boyfriend, and something was going on down the block, but she wasn’t involved in it.
What did she mean by a fight?
The woman said she meant a verbal argument. Officers asked if she would come with them to sort out the mess. The woman started walking in the other direction. They told her to stop. She didn’t. They cuffed her. She complained.
At the same time, the woman’s boyfriend walked up to the officers. He was 20. He had fresh, bleeding scratch marks on the side of his face.
The boyfriend said he’d been trying to break up a fight between his girlfriend (the woman in cuffs) and another woman. He’d grabbed his girlfriend to pull her away, and she’d scratched him. He didn’t think she meant to hurt him, and he didn’t want to press charges.
Officers spoke to the other people involved in the dispute: a second man and woman. The second woman was 18. She said she had been arguing with the first woman and trying to get away from her. The first woman followed the second woman to her car. The second woman said the first woman pushed her and punched her. The second man backed up the account.
Officers arrested the first woman on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. She said she didn’t understand her rights. She asked for a lawyer. She was booked into the Fife Jail, where she refused to give her name and address. Her boyfriend provided it.
All four people admitted they’d been drinking when the fight started.
April 25: The key part of a no-contact order is the bit about no contact. It’s not a suggestion.
The dispatch call reported a no-contact order violation. It came from a woman who was worried about her friend.
Officers drove to an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Mason Avenue. The witness told police she and two other witnesses had gone to check on her friend, a 20-year-old woman. The woman’s boyfriend was in the apartment. That violated the no-contact order, the witness said. Plus, she’d seen the boyfriend drive out of the apartment complex at high speed.
The witness said her friend had been involved in a recent incident with boyfriend, and filed the order. At first, officers couldn’t find any record of the order. Eventually they confirmed that it had been filed one day earlier.
The witness said she had found the boyfriend and the woman together in the apartment, along with their infant child. The boyfriend had been told he couldn’t be in the apartment, and fled hurriedly in the car.
Officers tracked down the boyfriend, who was still driving around the apartment complex. They spoke to the woman. She said she knew the no-contact order had been filed only a day earlier. She denied her boyfriend had been in the apartment, despite the statements from three witnesses who had seen him moments earlier.
The woman spoke quietly. She was upset with her friends. She said they never liked her boyfriend and they were making up a story.
Officers booked the boyfriend into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of violating the order.