Police Beat: An unwelcome favor, serial loitering and speeding

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

Aug. 2: Do someone a favor, get punched in the face — sometimes that’s the way it goes.

The dispatch call reported an assault. Two Tacoma officers drove to an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Fawcett Avenue.

A 57-year-old woman was waiting for them, bleeding from the nose and mouth. She said her neighbor, a 48-year-old woman, punched her.


The woman explained. She said she got a phone call from her neighbor’s nephew, asking for a ride. The woman drove the nephew to an address in South Tacoma and ran some errands.

During those errands, the woman realized the nephew left his flask in her car. She called him. The nephew told her to take the flask back to his aunt’s apartment.

The woman did. She said she knocked on her neighbor’s door. The neighbor answered, instantly angry and profane, asking what the woman wanted.

The woman said she asked if the nephew was home. The neighbor said he was, but why was the woman knocking? The woman explained she was returning the flask.

The neighbor kept up the torrent of verbal abuse. The woman swore at her and walked away.

At that point, the woman said, the neighbor followed her, closed in, explained that she was from the East Coast, not the West Coast, and this was how people from the East Coast solved problems. The neighbor spat in her face, the woman said, and started throwing punches.

Officers spoke to a witness who had broken up the fight. The witness said the neighbor was the aggressor, and the older woman did nothing but defend herself.

Officers knocked on the neighbor’s door. She answered. Her eyes were bloodshot, and officers caught a whiff of liquor.

Had the neighbor been drinking?

“Yeah, I had a few shots,” she said.

The neighbor said the older woman assaulted her, and she wanted to press charges. She said she’d been sitting in her apartment when her nephew came in, saying he’d gotten a ride from the older woman.

Shortly after that, the older woman had knocked on the door. The neighbor had asked why the woman was knocking. She said the woman insulted and threatened her.

Did the neighbor know the woman was returning the nephew’s flask?


Why not just take the flask and close the door?

“I don’t know that (woman), and I told her not to knock on my door.”

Officers arrested the neighbor and booked her into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.

Aug. 3: Pop quiz — suppose you’re hanging out in a city park long after closing time, along with a few others. A cop arrives and tells you it’s time to go. Everyone else leaves. What do you do?

A) Leave.

B) Linger pointedly until the cop threatens to arrest you, leave as slowly as possible, then play the same game with the same cop three days later.

The Tacoma man chose option B. He was 56. His favored spot was the park at Les Davis Pier in the 3400 block of Ruston Way. His first go-round with the officer came July 31.

The officer had pulled into the parking lot, spotting a crowd of 10 cars and people.

The officer flicked his lights and gave an order over the patrol car’s speaker: Time to go. Everyone left except the Tacoma man, who stood in the grass near his car and smoked.

The officer repeated the command over the speaker. The man walked toward his car and stood.

The officer got out of his car and told the man he was trespassing and needed to go. The man said he was leaving, but he stared at the officer and didn’t move.

Once more, the officer cranked the speaker and said the man would be arrested if he didn’t leave immediately. The man drove away.

Three days later, the ritual replayed. The officer drove to the park, ordered a group to disperse, watched as they left, and noticed the man, who made no move, apart from standing next to his car and staring at the officer.

Again, the officer got out and spoke to the man, who began to rave about America and cops and said he wasn’t doing anything wrong and was being harassed. The officer reminded the man that they’d talked three days earlier at the same spot.

The man said the officer was lying, and sat down in the driver’s seat. The officer noticed a number of knives in the passenger seat, made a judgment call, told the man he was under arrest and cuffed him.

The man raved some more. He threatened to sue, to find the officer’s family and children. They were all done, the man said.

A records check revealed the man had a suspended driver’s license. The man said he was a professional driver. The officer booked him into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and trespassing.

Aug. 5: A piece of advice – if you’re kicked out of your hotel room, and you’ve got a pair of felony convictions and a suspended driver’s license, it might be prudent to obey local traffic laws.

Two sheriff’s deputies noticed the 1995 Acura Legend bombing along South 84th Street through the intersection of South Hosmer Street.

The deputies followed, cruising up to 50 miles per hour. The Acura was pulling away. The speed limit was 35. The deputies flicked lights and sirens. The Acura pulled over.

The driver was 53. He apologized for speeding. He said he’d just been kicked out of his hotel room, so he was upset. He added that he had no identification and his license was suspended. The deputies cuffed him.

They noticed a passenger in the back seat, a 38-year-old woman, fumbling with a handful of cash and a foil packet. A passenger in the front seat said they’d just picked up the woman.

Officers spoke to the woman in the back seat and asked her name. The woman replied with a profane burst and said she was going to kill the deputy.

A short wrestling match followed. The woman kicked at the deputy and fought, but it was no good. She repeated her threat.

The driver was carrying a plastic baggie with methamphetamine inside. He said he didn’t know it got into his pocket. A records check confirmed the suspended license and two prior convictions for drug possession.

Deputies booked the driver and the woman into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and third-degree assault.