Crime

A felon cried for ‘mommy’ while hiding in the woods. A police dog answered the call

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The man wailed for his “mommy” for a long, long time.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies, who were standing in a wooded area near Waller trying to arrest the 39-year-old, were unmoved.

They’d spotted the man driving a van about 1 a.m. Monday, realized he had warrants out and followed him until the felon stopped in the 5500 block of 72nd Street East.

He didn’t bother to park the van so it continued rolling until it crashed into a truck in a driveway.

The felon darted into a wooded area and down a steep ravine, ignoring the deputies’ calls to stop.

Police dog Zepp was brought in and found the man hiding on top of a dilapidated shed. He allegedly told deputies he would only come down if he could speak with his mother.

“When deputies informed him that they would not be bringing his elderly mother into the woods in the middle of the night to talk to him, the suspect told them to leave him alone and then continued to scream for his mother for another 10 minutes,” according to the Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy pulled the man’s pant leg in an effort to bring him down, but the man wrapped his arms around a tree branch and held on tight.

He was eventually taken into custody and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of hit and run, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license, as well as for his warrants.

The warrants were for second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and violating a protection order.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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