Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma Police.
May 6: The stranger in the red beanie carried a knife and a gas mask, and hissed a threat.
“I told you not to come at me,” he said.
The 19-year-old woman flinched. She didn’t know the man. She was a valet, dropping off a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center. The man walked up to her as she got out of the car.
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The woman walked to the passenger door and let the patient out, keeping half an eye on the man, who moved toward her again.
“I’m coming for you,” the man said, and pulled a small knife out of his pocket.
The patient walked into the hospital. The stranger paid no attention. He zeroed in on the young woman and told her to get in the car and leave.
The woman left. She called hospital security and gave them a description. A security officer followed the stranger and called police.
Officers responded, found the stranger a few blocks away and cuffed him. He was 67, a transient.
One officer spoke to the young woman, who had returned to the hospital. Her eyes were watery and red from crying. She said the stranger looked like someone from a scary movie.
Officers took her to the place where they’d detained the stranger. The woman sat in a patrol car and looked.
“That’s him,” she said.
Officers booked the man into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of intimidation with a weapon.
May 6: The man was 29, stinking drunk, wearing nothing but a pair of blue jeans.
He had a scrape on his forehead and scratches on his arms, and insisted he hadn’t been in a fight.
Officers corralled him after responding to a reported fight at the Les Davis Pier on Ruston Way. It was about 9:30 p.m. and the park was closed. The report was fuzzy, fed by multiple 911 calls. Supposedly, five or six people were involved, and a woman was punched and thrown against a railing.
The first officer on the scene spotted the shirtless man on the pier. A woman was tending to him. Another witness told the officer that some of the combatants ran to their cars and fled. The witness pointed to a nearby Honda Civic, and a man inside.
The officer spoke to the man and told him to turn off the engine. The man said he couldn’t because he had no keys; the ignition was damaged, and he’d started the car without them. The car belonged to his girlfriend, the man said. He pointed at the shirtless man on the pier and said that guy had the keys.
The officer told the man to step out of the car. He did. He said he understood his rights. He was eager to cooperate. A whiff of his breath made it plain he’d been drinking.
He said he and the shirtless man were friends. They came to the pier to hang out, and the shirtless man got into a fight with another woman. Everyone else had scattered.
Other officers arrived and spoke to the shirtless man, who kept trying to walk away from them. He said nothing happened, he wasn’t injured, and he’d done nothing wrong.
One officer spoke to a witness who said the shirtless man had hit a woman on the pier and tried to throw her into the water.
The woman was gone; without a victim, officers couldn’t make the arrest. They told the shirtless man he was free to leave. Up to this point, he’d been trying to do just that, but now he reversed course and refused to go.
Officers told him three times that he needed to leave or face arrest. The man wouldn’t go. They cuffed him and put him in a patrol car.
The man in the Honda had a suspended driver’s license plus an ignition-interlock restriction. Officers booked him into the Fife jail for violating those terms. They booked the shirtless man on suspicion of trespassing.
May 5: The house was foreclosed, but the occupants weren’t ready to vacate.
The dispatch call reported a road rage incident. A woman had called 911 to report that someone had rammed her car and blocked her in an alley.
Officers drove to an address in the 400 block of South 35th Street. They found two women, 44 and 46. They were listing agents, coming to inspect the house post-foreclosure.
One of the women inspected the house. The younger of the two sat in a car in the alley. She noticed a silver Saturn enter the alley. She tried to move her car to the side to let the Saturn pass. Instead, the Saturn rammed her car, she said. A young man with long brown hair got out and told her not to leave.
Officers looked at the woman’s car, a 2002 Lexus. It was dented and scratched on the passenger side. The woman said she wasn’t hurt.
Other officers arrived and started searching the area. A young man with long brown hair approached them on foot. The woman instantly said that was the guy. The guy admitted he was the driver. Officers cuffed him.
The young man was a boy, 16. He said the house belonged to his father, but it had been burglarized several times since the foreclosure. The boy said he and his father spotted the listing agents and suspected more burglars. He admitted blocking the alley. He said he didn’t know he’d hit the woman’s car. He said the Saturn belonged to his mother.
Officers spoke to the boy’s father. He said his son tried to block the Lexus, and the Lexus had tried to pull around, but the alley was too narrow. That had caused the damage.
Officers booked the boy into Remann Hall on suspicion of reckless endangerment.