Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.
May 30: The elderly woman needed help, and her neighbor was happy to provide it — for a price.
The woman was 68. The neighbor was 51. A witness called 911 after seeing the two women at an ATM. The older woman was crying and saying she was being evicted, the witness said.
Officers drove to an address in the 3900 block of South Yakima Avenue. They found the older woman, who was upset and said she was facing eviction. The neighbor had offered to help her find an apartment, she said.
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According to the older woman, the neighbor had recently found a prospect. She told the older woman it would take $150 to fill out an apartment application. The older woman handed over the money, but she never saw an application.
Later, the older woman got a phone call from someone she didn’t know. The voice said the apartment was flooded, and the woman couldn’t move in. She didn’t get her money back.
Officers asked the woman if the apartment had an address or a name. The woman gave a name — “Sunnyside” — but officers couldn’t find anything that matched.
Today, the woman said, the neighbor said she’d found another opportunity. The neighbor and her boyfriend drove the woman to the bank. The neighbor said the apartment application would cost $80.
The woman withdrew the money and gave it to the neighbor. The witness who had called 911 interrupted them. The two women drove back home.
Officers spoke to the neighbor. She said she’d offered to help find the woman a place to live. She denied getting any money in exchange.
Yes, she said, they drove to the bank today. The woman withdrew $80 for an apartment the neighbor had found.
Where was the apartment? What was its name?
The neighbor said she didn’t know.
Where was the money?
The neighbor said she didn’t know.
At this point, another resident stepped outside to pick up some floor mats off the front porch. The neighbor had been sitting on them. She stood up. Four $20 bills fluttered from her behind.
The neighbor hurriedly picked up the cash. The officers watched. The neighbor said she lied about taking the money from the woman because she didn’t want officers to think she was running a scam.
Officers cuffed the woman and put her in a patrol car. Sitting in the back seat, she said she was a cocaine addict. Officers asked if she was going to use the money to buy drugs. The woman didn’t answer. She asked for an attorney.
Officers booked her into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft. They gave the elderly woman her money back.
May 30: The punch came without warning, and the woman had no idea why.
Officers had responded to a reported fight near the intersection of South C Street and South Tacoma Way. The woman flagged them down and pointed toward a man standing nearby. He was 58. The woman said he’d punched her in the face.
Officers cuffed the man, who said, “She should have been showing my son’s cross.” He warned the officers not to mess with him.
The woman was 42, walking near South C Street and South Tacoma Way when a man shouted at her. She knew him slightly, only by a first name. He was yelling at her; she thought he needed help.
The man rushed forward, knocked her down and hit her in the face, she said.
As officers spoke to the woman, another man drove up and said he’d seen the attack. The witness said he yelled at the man to stop.
The man rushed toward the witness, punched him in the face and walked away.
The woman and the witness declined medical aid.
Officers told the man he was under arrest for criminal assault. The man said he was “going to bring his boys to town to burn down the area,” the police report states.
A records check showed the man had an active arrest warrant from the state Department of Corrections for escape from community custody. Officers booked him into the Fife City Jail.
June 1: The neighbors pinned the car prowler, but he forced a detour on the way to jail.
Officers responded to a reported fight in an alley near the 1100 block of North K Street. The 911 caller said it looked like a burglary in progress, with neighbors holding the thief.
Officers found a 27-year-old man dressed in black, with a goatee, shoulder-length hair and a bloody face. They cuffed him.
Two neighbors stood nearby. They said they were having a backyard barbecue when they heard noises in the alley. Checking the sound, they saw the man rummaging through one neighbor’s car.
The prowler ran, neighbors said. Several neighbors chased him and tackled him. Another neighbor came out and broke up the scrum. The prowler walked away as officers arrived.
One officer spoke to the prowler, who said he didn’t break into the car; he said he was looking for his girlfriend, who lived nearby.
The officer told the man he was under arrest for vehicle prowling and started to drive to the Fife City Jail. After about three blocks, the man “said he was having a heart attack and started flopping around in the back of my patrol vehicle,” the report states.
The officer stopped and called for medical aid. Tacoma firefighters responded and took the man to a hospital. The man was given a citation with a court date.