Crime

Police Beat: A defiant teen, a surly truck driver and a ranting son

Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.

Dec. 8: The teen didn’t want to leave his girlfriend’s house. He’d defied his mother’s curfew, and shoved her when she told him to come home.

Two officers answered a dispatch call reporting a domestic violence incident, and drove to the 4900 block of 32nd Street Northeast.

They found the boy, 16, his mother and the boy’s 18-year-old brother. The mother told a story.

She said the boy didn’t come home on time as promised. She figured on finding him at his girlfriend’s house. She took the older son with her to check, and confirmed her suspicions: the boy was sitting in a car in the girlfriend’s driveway.

The mother said she told the boy it was time to go home. The boy refused, shoved her and knocked her backwards. At that point, the older brother waded in for a wrestling match. The mother called 911, she said.

Officers spoke to the boy, who said he’d gotten off work at 10 p.m. and didn’t want to go home because he didn’t feel safe. His mother hit him earlier that day, he said, so he decided to spend time with his friends.

The mother admitted she’d slapped the boy’s face earlier because he was in trouble and refused to get out of the car at home. The boy had been defiant lately, not listening to his parents, she added.

The older brother backed up Mom’s story. Officers spoke to the boy and said he was under arrest for misdemeanor assault. The boy was still a minor, officers explained; he had to obey his parents.

Officers booked the boy into Remann Hall.

Dec. 6: The bearded man honked his horn and revved the engine of his truck at the woman walking near Wright Park.

The woman, 53, ignored the horn blast and walked away. The truck pulled up next to her. The bearded man yelled from the driver’s window.

“Get over here!” the man said.

The woman didn’t know the man. She took out her phone and called her boyfriend, and then dialed 911. The truck peeled away.

Officers drove to the scene, responding to multiple reports. The bearded man, driving a Ford F-150, had revved his engine at an officer earlier, then driven away in what appeared to be a challenge to a chase. Another dispatch call said the man had tried to pick a fight with someone, stepped out of his truck and relieved himself in the street.

The bearded man, driving a Ford F-150, had revved his engine at an officer earlier, then driven away in what appeared to be a challenge to a chase. Another dispatch call said the man had tried to pick a fight with someone, stepped out of his truck and relieved himself in the street.

Officers soon caught up with the man and his truck near the park, and pulled him over. The man was 56. At first he refused to get out of the truck. When he did, he yelled at officers, asking what this was about.

The man kept yelling; three officers forced him into cuffs and a patrol car. They noticed the smell of liquor. A half-empty bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey was nestled in the passenger door pocket.

Officers booked the man into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor stalking, intimidation and indecent conduct.

Dec. 4: The mother’s adult son was running around the apartment, naked, yelling and jumping in and out of the shower.

The trouble was he wasn’t supposed to be there at all; the mother had an active protection order against him.

Officers drove to the 1200 block of Altheimer Street and spoke to the mother, who was standing outside the apartment. She was 59. Her son was 37. He ran out the door after hearing she called police, the mother said.

The son came to the apartment the previous night, the mother explained. She hadn’t known. He woke her in the morning, screaming that God hated him. The mother said she tried to make her son leave for an hour.

The son came to the apartment the previous night, the mother explained. She hadn’t known. He woke her in the morning, screaming that God hated him. The mother said she tried to make her son leave for an hour.

He wouldn’t go and he wouldn’t stop yelling. He stripped off his clothes and started the shower, then jumped in and out of it, continuing to shout.

Officers found the son in an alley nearby. One shouted his name and told him to stop.

The son shouted back; that wasn’t his name, he said. He tried to walk away.

Officers stopped him. They tried to hold him; he kicked wildly.

After a struggle, officers cuffed the man and stowed him in a patrol car. They confirmed the protection order filed by the mother. They booked the man into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and violation of the order.

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