Crime

Man who beat stranger and tried to rob store with baseball bat ruled insane

A Spanaway man was insane when he choked a teenage relative and beat a stranger with a baseball bat outside a gas station, a Pierce County judge has ruled.

Terrence Jordan L. Sablan, 35, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Monday and ordered committed to Western State Hospital until the court says he can be released from the Lakewood inpatient psychiatric facility.

The order Superior Court Judge Gretchen Leanderson signed gives this account:

Sablan, who suffers from schizophrenia and substance use disorder, had a psychotic break in spring 2015. Later that year, he started hallucinating, and methamphetamine made his symptoms worse.

He smoked the drug Nov. 4, 2015, and choked a teenage relative after he heard a voice that said to kill the teen, who survived.

Sablan later went to the gas station in the 15100 block of Pacific Avenue South. He tried to steal cigarettes, and used a baseball bat to demand money when a clerk confronted him.

He left without it, and started going through a car outside the store. He beat the driver with the bat when the man tried to stop him, and took off in the car. Sheriff’s deputies later found and arrested him.

Sablan was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree child assault, attempted first-degree robbery, second-degree vehicle prowling, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, vehicle theft, trying to elude police, obstructing police and third-degree escape.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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