Crime

Police beat: A man, a pig and a no-contact order

Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

June 5: The pig, a long-term tenant in the shed, slept on the mattress. The man who lived with the pig settled for the floor.

The man’s mother called 911. She didn’t care about the pig. Her son’s skeevy friend was the problem, she said. He was still hanging out in the shed despite an anti-harassment order.

Two sheriff’s deputies drove to an address in the 8500 block of Riverside Drive East, near Sumner. The mother said the unwanted friend was in the shed with her disabled son, supplying drugs.

A records check on the man, 40, turned up a few hits. He had an active arrest warrant, and he was wanted in connection with an unrelated burglary. Records also showed the anti-harassment order had been requested, but not served.

The deputies walked to the detached shed. The son, who used an electric wheelchair, lived in the shed along with the pig.

The deputies checked a sliding glass door and shouted through a window. The son’s voice asked who was at the door. The deputies identified themselves. The son told them to come in.

Before the deputies could enter, the mother walked in ahead of them and shouted at her son. He was stretched out on the floor, naked, while the pig dozed on the mattress.

Before the deputies could enter, the mother walked in ahead of them and shouted at her son. He was stretched out on the floor, naked, while the pig dozed on the mattress.

Where was the other guy, the mother asked.

The son said he thought the man was gone. The mother said he was lying.

The deputies told the mother to let them handle the situations, but she walked through the shed and found the son’s friend hiding under a table in the back room.

Cuffed, the man asked why he was being arrested. He said he’d done nothing wrong. He denied knowledge of the burglary. He asked to speak to a lawyer. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on the warrants, and the deputy formally served him with the no-contact order.

June 4: Occasionally, drivers fall asleep at the wheel with a foot on the brake and the motor running.

The trick for cops faced with such scenarios is rousing the driver without triggering a startled push on the gas pedal.

The two Tacoma officers approached the gray 2004 Ford F-150 cautiously. It was parked in the left turn lane of North Jackson Avenue in the 900 block.

A cloud of exhaust wafted from the tail pipe. The brake lights glowed. One officer positioned a patrol car in front of the truck while the other approached the driver’s door.

Inside, the driver, 25, slept with dedication. The officer knocked on the window and shone a flashlight into the man’s face. He didn’t wake. The officer rocked the truck back and forth. The driver stirred and nodded off. The officer shook the truck again. The driver’s eyes opened briefly, met the officer’s, and closed again.

Inside, the driver, 25, slept with dedication. The officer knocked on the window and shone a flashlight into the man’s face. He didn’t wake. The officer rocked the truck back and forth. The driver stirred and nodded off. The officer shook the truck again. The driver’s eyes opened briefly, met the officer’s, and closed again.

The officer rocked the truck once more, and yelled at the man to shift it into park. The truck inched forward and bumped into the patrol car. Finally, the driver shifted into park.

As the report put it, the driver “poured himself out of the truck.” He was unsteady, and his breath was pungent.

Did he know where he was?

Yes, the man said, without saying where.

The officer asked the man for his license. The man handed him a cell phone.

Had he been drinking?

Yes, the man said — two beers.

What kind? What size? When?

The man stared and didn’t answer. He said he didn’t want to answer questions. He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving.

June 6: On Fox Island, the wildlife was more restless than usual.

From the window of the home in the 300 block of Island Boulevard Fi, the couple saw a man on the porch, wearing nothing but a crazed expression.

The naked man looked at the couple, began to gratify himself, and started laughing. The homeowner shouted that he was calling police. The naked man ran into the woods nearby.

The homeowner followed from a distance, and caught a glimpse of the man putting on his clothes.

By the time sheriff’s deputies arrived, the man was gone. The homeowner described him, and showed the deputies a brief cell phone video.

By the time sheriff’s deputies arrived, the man was gone. The homeowner described him, and showed the deputies a brief cell phone video.

A little later, a new dispatch call came in, noting a suspicious person walking near Wollochet Drive Northwest and East Bay Drive Northwest, about four miles from the first scene.

A deputy spotted the man, 52, and recognized him from earlier contacts.

“Are you looking for me?” the man asked.

Cuffed, the man tried to explain himself. He said he’d been partying the night before, and left the party to be by himself. He admitted taking off his clothes, but didn’t think anyone could see him, he said.

Another deputy brought the couple from Fox Island to identify the man from a distance. The couple recognized the man who had been on the porch. A records check revealed an active arrest warrant. The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail on the warrant and suspicion of indecent exposure.

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