Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma Police.
July 1: The woman, 28, feared she was being stalked. Her size compounded her fear; she was 2 feet 9 inches tall.
The stranger who stepped into the kitchen without warning stood 6 feet 1 and weighed 190 pounds. The woman screamed and called her dogs. The man ran out the sliding glass door. The woman called her fiancé, who called police.
Officers drove to an address in the 2000 block of East 57th Street. They spoke to the fiancé, the woman and her female friend. The fiancé didn’t know the stranger. The female friend did, and had warned the other woman about him. The man tended to call and text, and pile up on calls and messages when he was being ignored.
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The woman told police she’d known the man in high school, but they weren’t friends, and he didn’t have permission to come to her house.
Officers looked around. They found a gold minivan nearby with no one in it. It was registered to the stranger’s father. The officers parked and waited. Eventually, the man appeared and got into the van. Officers stopped him and cuffed him.
The man was 25. His background included a pair of anti-harassment orders filed in 2009 and 2014 by two different women.
He said he and the woman were good friends. He said the woman’s female friend invited him to the house. That didn’t match the story told by the women.
Officers looked the man over. He was bleeding from cuts on his knee, ankles and feet. Officers asked what caused the injuries. The man said he ran from the woman’s house and hid in the woods.
Officers booked the man into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of criminal trespassing.
June 27: The soldier parked his car in a bad spot — the on-ramp to state Route 16 from South Sprague Avenue.
An officer drove to the spot. The report said a driver was stumbling around the roadway. The officer found the soldier and a bystander, who said she’d taken the man’s keys after seeing the car parked in the unusual spot, and called 911. The man had been staggering about ever since, she said.
The officer watched. The soldier, 25, was fumbling with his phone. He dropped it, and almost fell over.
The officer approached. The soldier tried to throw his phone into the open window of his car and missed.
“Whoops,” he said.
He told the officer he’d been trying to make a three-point turn when he stopped the car.
Where was he coming from?
Where was he headed?
Did he know where he was now?
The soldier said he’d had six beers. He agreed they affected his ability to drive.
On the way to the Fife jail, the soldier said he knew his military career was over, but he didn’t care. He was ready to get out. He said he’d been to Afghanistan and killed a lot of people. He said he had served his country and shouldn’t be treated this way.
The officer booked him into the Fife jail on suspicion of drunken driving.
June 26: First the teen tried to talk his way out of the arrest. When that didn’t work, he tried to talk tough.
He was celebrating his 19th birthday with a 15-year-old girl who was passed out on the bed of a hotel room. Officers drove to the hotel in the 8200 block of South Hosmer Street after the unconscious girl’s mother called 911; she’d seen her daughter posting online pictures of the party.
The mother told police she was afraid to go to the hotel herself. The young man had been known to carry a gun.
Officers knocked on the hotel room door and announced themselves. No one answered. The hotel manager opened the door with a key. The officers entered and announced themselves again. The teen jumped out of bed. The 15-year-old girl didn’t. Officers tried to wake her, but she was wasted.
The teen interfered. The officers were blowing this out of proportion, he said. The girl just needed to sleep it off.
Another couple was in another bed in the room: a 19-year-old male and a 16-year-old female. Officers tried to talk to them; again, the first teen interrupted and had to be told to back away.
Officers noticed alcohol bottles and a small bag of marijuana in the room. The protesting teen said he knew the alcohol was illegal, but he said he had a medical marijuana card. Where was his card? At his house, he said.
Officers called for medical aid. Teams arrived from the Tacoma Fire Department and Rural Metro. They took the unconscious girl to a hospital, and took the other girl home to her mother. Officers told the two young men they were banned from the hotel, and they could be cited for having the alcohol.
The protesting teen turned cold.
“Go ahead, pimp, do what you have to do,” he told one of the officers, according to the report. “I’ll be PR’d (released), this isn’t but a bump on my shoulder, I’ll get community service, and that will be that. You ain’t anyone. I know a lot of people higher ranking than you.”
The officer arrested him and started to read him his rights. The teen said he knew them. Outside the hotel, he tried to pull away from the officer. The officer frisked him and put him in a patrol car. The teen started shouting for medical aid.
The officer asked why. The teen said the officer had busted up his face. The officer looked at the teen’s face, which was free of any marks. The officer asked the medical team, still on-site, to take a look.
The teen said his nose was broken and he was bleeding. The medics told him he wasn’t bleeding and his nose wasn’t broken.
In the patrol car, the teen said he would have his team of lawyers sue the officer. Cops were hated; watch the news, he said. His family had money, and knew plenty of higher-ups.
The officer booked the teen into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol.