Fight between Tacoma housemates included tire iron, totaled car with children inside

A Tacoma man was so enraged at his housemate that he chased him with a tire iron and repeatedly rammed his car, forcing the victim to toss his two young sons over a fence to keep them safe, court records show.

Anthony Huver, 52, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine in connection with the Aug. 26 incident.

Bail was set at $200,000 and Huver was ordered not to go near the man and his sons or within 1,000 feet of the house on South 48th Street where they lived.

Court papers gave this account of the incident:

The victim and his family rented a room from Huver’s girlfriend about a month ago. On Aug. 26, one of his sons ran outside to tell the victim that Huver was throwing a knife at the boy’s mother.

Huver “swung wildly” at the victim with a blade in his hand after the man went inside to see what was going on.

The victim suffered several cuts to his hands while defending himself but was able to punch Huver at one point.

He then put his sons, ages 8 and 11, into the car.

Huver grabbed a tire iron with the intention of breaking out the windows on the victim’s Acura and then gave chase in his Dodge truck when the victim fled in his car, records show.

The two vehicles ended up face to face down the street.

“The defendant accelerated at him and (the victim) tried to back up as fast as he could,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers. “The truck rammed him and spun the Acura out of control.”

The victim took his sons and started running. Witnesses said the truck appeared to be trying to run down the trio.

The father eventually threw his two boys over a chain-link fence, telling them to run, and managed to hop over himself before Huver drove away, police said.

Huver later told police he was upset that his housemate punched him and admitted to chasing him with a tire iron and totaling his Acura. He denied knowing the children were in the car.

He turned himself in Friday and was taken into custody. During the arrest, police said they found a bag of methamphetamine in Huver’s wallet.

He has a previous conviction for second-degree murder in 1999.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653