Tacoma mail carrier Robert Taitano is charged in connection with five incidents alleged to have happened in South Tacoma between state Route 16 and South 43rd Street, and between South Tyler and South Alder streets.
Police reports detail other incidents for which he has not been charged.
He was charged for the following alleged incidents:
• The manager of an apartment complex told police that in 2011, after making small talk, Taitano grabbed her by the waist and thrust his hips into her. She yelled at him to leave and he did. On other occasions he asked for hugs and kisses.
• A salon owner said Taitano grabbed her butt while delivering mail to the business in 2013.
• In August 2014, Taitano walked into a woman’s apartment without permission and asked the resident whether she was married. He left when she took a step toward a large knife in her kitchen.
• In June 2014, a 76-year-old woman told the Postal Service Taitano had repeatedly made vulgar sexual comments to her while delivering mail. She said he once asked to use the bathroom and responded with vulgarities when she lied and said someone was using the shower.
• A woman told police Taitano advanced toward her in September 2004 while delivering mail to her outside. He said she was good looking and asked about her sex life. “I could make you feel real good,” he said. “I’m clean.”
She backed up against her car as he came closer and rubbed her arm. A neighbor’s boyfriend arrived, and she got away. She said she was terrified by the encounter. Taitano came back to her house a couple hours later and apologized to her husband.
The woman was so upset that she moved out of state for a while.
The following allegations concerning South Tacoma-area incidents have not resulted in charges:
• In 2014, police spoke with the main carrier on a route for which Taitano substituted. He said women had complained to him about Taitano for about four years.
They said he asked for hugs and would hug them and refuse to let go. That escalated to him giving massages and getting “creepy,” the carrier said.
A barista on the route told the carrier Taitano gave her candy with “I love you” written on the wrapper. The carrier said he returned it to Taitano and told him the barista was “off-limits.”
Police interviewed other women who had complained to the regular carrier. One was a receptionist at a doctor’s office who said Taitano would stand and watch the women working at the front desk.
A convenience store clerk told police Taitano made sexual comments to her and continued harassing her when she switched stores. He told her in July 2014 she had nice hair and a sexy bottom he wanted “to get with” before rubbing against her.
• A worker at a Tacoma apartment complex told police Taitano tried to flirt and lingered in the office of the complex. She repeatedly had to tell him to go deliver mail.
The usual carrier delivered mail to the complex in an hour, the worker said. Taitano took hours, she said.
• A women who recognized Taitano in the news after he was arrested told police that in the early 2000s he held up a Victoria’s Secret catalog he was delivering to her house and told her he would like to see her in one of the outfits.
She complained to the Postal Service, and the incident was mentioned in a 2004 agency “notice of proposed removal” memo concerning Taitano.
• A worker at the Tacoma landfill contacted police in October 2014 and said Taitano would linger in the office and ask women working there personal questions, such as if they were married.
She said he asked for her every time he delivered mail. Once he sneaked into the area of her desk and stood behind her. She had to escort him back to the lobby.