Crime

Bucket-list crime leads to arrest of Pierce County twins

A DuPont man and his twin sister are in jail after an alleged crime spree that, according to court records, included an item on the brother’s bucket list: leading police on a high-speed chase.

Patrick and Shae Cloud, 19, are charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for allegedly attacking a man Shae Cloud met through an online dating service and stealing his car last week.

Patrick Cloud faces an additional charge of attempting to elude police for allegedly leading them on a high-speed chase from Tacoma to Thurston County, where it ended when Cloud crashed the victim’s Ford Mustang.

“The ride was fun. I’ve always wanted to get into a pursuit with police,” Patrick Cloud allegedly told a police officer. “It was on my bucket list.”

Both Clouds pleaded not guilty Friday in Pierce County Superior Court. Patrick Cloud was ordered held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail and his sister held in lieu of $500,000 bail, records show.

The incident began about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday at Manitou Park in the 4300 block of South 66th Street in Tacoma.

Witnesses told police they saw a man and woman run to a Mustang parked nearby and speed off. They then found a man wandering in the park.

He was bloodied and asking for help, court records show.

The victim, who’d been stabbed and kicked multiple times, later told officers he’d been dating Shae Cloud since July after meeting her through an online dating site.

He’d agreed to meet with her and her brother that evening to eat and hang out at the park, court records show. At one point, he said, Patrick Cloud attacked him from behind, hitting and kicking him in the head and eye.

The man told police he didn’t realize he’d been stabbed until later. He was hospitalized for treatment of his wounds.

He said both Clouds then robbed him of his wallet, keys and cellphone before running off.

Police alerted to the attack spotted the stolen Mustang not long after on southbound Interstate 5.

They tried to pull over the car, but the driver accelerated, hitting speeds of 110 to 120 miles per hour before losing control of the car and crashing in Thurston County, court records show.

Patrick Cloud, the presumed driver, tried to run away but was tracked down by a K-9 unit and arrested. His sister was arrested at the crash scene.

Shae Cloud told police her brother had inexplicably attacked her boyfriend and that she’d yelled at him to stop.

Patrick Cloud then threatened to kill her if she didn’t come with him, court records show.

They stopped at a house after the robbery to pick up their things before heading south toward Portland, where they hoped to see their “recently discovered birth mother,” the records state.

“S. Cloud said she tried to get out of the car but could not,” deputy prosecutor Patrick Cooper wrote in a declaration for probable cause. “P. Cloud just kept driving and turned up the music as police chased after them.”

Aside from the “bucket list” comment, Patrick Cloud declined to talk to police.

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