Crime

SWAT standoff nets burglary suspect with a lengthy criminal history

Tacoma police arrested a suspected burglar and his girlfriend Tuesday night after a SWAT team surrounded a house in the 3000 block of South Tyler Street.

The 44-year-old man and the woman were booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of multiple charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

The man has prior convictions for various theft and drug offenses, and was awaiting trial in Superior Court on unrelated charges of drug dealing and gun possession, filed earlier this year.

His trial on those charges, originally set for Oct. 15, was recently rescheduled for Dec. 4.

Tuesday night’s arrest followed a lengthy standoff; the man barricaded himself inside a home until police captured him without incident about 8 p.m.

The aftermath continued Wednesday morning, as police executed a search warrant at the residence and parked a mobile command vehicle nearby to fend off the rain.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, combing through multiple police reports from the incident, said investigators suspect the man targeted storage units in multiple burglaries. The investigation is ongoing, she added.

In 2013, the man was charged with second-degree burglary after he was found breaking into storage units in Tacoma. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and received a six-month sentence that required electronic home monitoring.

In April, he was charged with drug dealing and illegal gun possession. Charging papers describe an arrest and search that yielded 427 grams of methamphetamine, a handgun and six improvised explosives.

The man’s girlfriend has no prior criminal convictions, according to court records.

She filed a domestic-violence protection order against the man in 2011, saying she feared him and believed he would try to kill her. The protection order was never granted; the woman failed to appear at a subsequent court hearing.

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