Feb. 18: The tenant burst into the apartment with a complaint. At the same moment, the manager answered the phone. The tenant started ripping the office apart.
The call came in as unknown trouble. Dispatchers could hear a woman crying in the background of the call, saying, “You’re done.”
Officers drove to the 1000 block of South Mildred Street. They found the manager, sitting in the mess of the office and crying. She was 26.
She said she’d been sitting at the desk when the tenant, a 40-year-old woman, came in to complain. It was a habit with her, the manager said. From there, the story ran wild.
The manager said the phone rang at that moment, so she answered it and asked the tenant to wait for a minute. The tenant stalked out and slammed the door. She came back a minute later and slammed the door again. The manager said that was no way to have a conversation and that they could talk later.
The tenant started yelling. She grabbed the manager’s wallet and tried to walk out with it. The manager tried to stop her. The tenant pulled her hair. The manager tried to call 911. The tenant grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall. She grabbed the manager’s keys and stuffed them into her pants. A struggle followed; the manager got her keys back.
The tenant picked up a wicker chair and threw it. She pulled a frame down from the office wall and threw it. She knocked file folders and paperwork off the desk. She picked up the computer monitor on the desk and threw it on the floor. She clawed at the window blinds and left the office.
Officers scanned the office. They saw the ruined blinds, the damaged monitor, the scatter of papers and the tipped-over chair. The manager said she thought the tenant had returned to her apartment.
Officers walked to the apartment and found Tacoma firefighters, who said the tenant had called them. They opened the door. The tenant answered. She said the manager assaulted her.
Her story was a little different. She said the manager had been on the phone and yelled at her, attacked her and threw her down. She said she’d snatched at the manager’s wallet and keys to stop the attack. She said she was injured and needed medical treatment.
Officers spoke to a witness — another tenant. The man said he’d seen the fight and that the tenant was the aggressor. He said he saw the tenant throw the chair and the computer monitor.
Officers made the judgment call and cited the tenant for misdemeanor assault and destruction of property. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Feb. 17: The son was mad enough to burn his mother’s house down — or so he said.
Officers drove to the 2400 block of South 10th Street. They were serving a restraining order against the son, filed by his mother. She was 59. She said she was too afraid to go with them. She said her son was probably in the basement, and that he had a 12-gauge shotgun.
Officers knocked on the door of the house. The son answered. He was 23. Officers told him they were serving him with the restraining order.
The son, suddenly agitated, grabbed the paper.
“I’ll take care of her,” he said.
One officer asked what he meant.
“I mean I’ll take care of it,” the son said.
He started to rant, the report states. He said he told his mother if she called police he would burn the house down. She was unworthy of it. His father built it. She slept with another man and destroyed the family. She didn’t deserve the house.
He would burn it down, he said. He would go to prison. It was the right thing to do.
Officers cuffed him and confiscated the shotgun.
“I’m gonna burn it down now,” the son said. “I’m not scared to go to jail.”
Officers booked the man into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of making verbal threats.
Feb. 16: The stolen item was a bicycle with flat tires and a missing handlebar. The owner was a 27-year-old man who lived with his parents.
He called police, who drove to an address in the 1500 block of South Fife Street. The man said he was having problems with an acquaintance, a 34-year-old woman who bothered him all the time.
He had a note from her. He showed it to officers.
“If u want the Bike and the Trailer then give me money or weed,” the note said.
The officer asked about the trailer. The man said it was meant to carry a child behind a bike, but he used it to carry scrap metal, his main source of income.
The man gave the officers an address and said the woman would be there. Officers drove to the 2300 block of South 12th Street. The woman, 34, lived there with her father.
They asked her about the bike and the trailer. She said she didn’t know what they were talking about. They showed her the note.
“Oh, yeah,” she said, and led them to a backyard shed.
Officers looked at the stolen bike.
“To call the bike a bike would be generous,” the report states. Both tires were flat. One handlebar was missing. The trailer had a bent frame and two flat tires.
Officers told the woman she was under arrest. She admitted to taking the bike. She said she was an active meth user, and that was why she took it.
Officers booked her into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft.