Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
June 12: The woman’s arrest drew a round of applause at the apartment complex.
The dispatch call reported a fight among eight or nine men and women, coupled with yelling about guns and shooting. Multiple officers drove to an address in the 8600 block of Pacific Avenue and sifted the mess in the courtyard.
Separating the groups, officers arrested one man on suspicion of disorderly conduct. The tumult died down, then erupted again. A woman standing near a lower-level apartment was yelling at residents, who kept telling her to go away. Eventually, she walked off.
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Officers spoke to the residents. One said the woman had been yelling at his girlfriend and threw a punch at her.
Was anyone hurt? No, the witness said. No one wanted to be a victim. He and his girlfriend stopped talking.
Moments later, officers heard shouting in another section of the complex. They walked to the area, and saw the woman they’d seen earlier, yelling at another group of residents.
A crowd of neighbors saw the officers and urged them to arrest the woman, saying she was causing trouble again. As the officers closed in, the woman kept shouting.
Officers told her she was under arrest. She pulled away. They cuffed her after a short struggle, and walked her to a patrol car.
The woman, 37, said she had two children in her apartment. She gave officers permission to check on them, and named a friend who could watch them.
As the officers walked her to the patrol car, neighbors in the complex cheered, shouting, “Thank you,” and “Finally.”
In the patrol car, the woman said she didn’t understand she could be arrested for yelling at neighbors. They were bothering her, she said. She’d had enough.
Officers booked her into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of creating a public disturbance.
June 13: The dispatch call reported a woman screaming and a man’s voice shouting, “Stop saying my name!”
Two sheriff’s deputies drove to the 12000 block of Prairie Ridge Drive East and spotted a young couple walking along the road. The woman was yelling at the man.
The deputies rolled up. What was going on?
The man, 23, started walking away. The deputy told him to come back. He stopped.
The woman said everything was fine. They were just arguing.
The deputy asked for names. The parties refused.
The deputy said he needed names to check for any history of domestic violence between the parties.
The man said the two were just friends, not dating, so he didn’t need to give his name.
The woman spoke up.
"Well, I guess he just broke up with me," she said. "So what, we’re just friends now?"
The man flinched and lit a cigarette. He said he didn’t need to give his name. He said he would call a lawyer.
The woman spoke up again. She gave her name, and said she might have an arrest warrant. The deputy ran a records check that came back clear.
The deputy asked again for the man’s name. He caved and gave it.
A records check revealed a felony arrest warrant with a no-bail hold, tied to an earlier drug charge. The deputy cuffed the man and arrested him. The man said he didn’t want to talk.
June 13: The dispatch call reported a car theft. The vehicle in question: a silver 2003 Cadillac Seville stolen from the parking lot of a store in Spanaway.
A sheriff’s deputy drove to the 18100 block of Pacific Avenue East. He spoke to a man who said his girlfriend went shopping and lost her keys in the store. When she came out, the Cadillac was gone. The man said his girlfriend was looking for the thief.
Mid-conversation, the deputy picked up a radio call: the girlfriend had tracked down the Cadillac about three miles away. She was threatening the driver with a baseball bat.
Two deputies drove to the second scene. The girlfriend said the woman had taken the keys out of her pocket at the store.
The deputy cuffed the woman. She flared at him, saying he was going to steal her identity.
The woman, 59, admitted she got the keys at the store. She wouldn’t say how.
“I was going to pay her for the car,” she said.
She talked about holograms. She said she got the car from a guy at the tavern. She asked the deputy if he was going to take snapshots. She was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of motor vehicle theft.