Crime

Man accused of assaulting woman in Tacoma parking garage

A man carrying duct tape and a lock held a toy gun to a woman’s head Tuesday in a Tacoma parking garage, according to court records.

The 30-year-old pleaded not guilty Wednesday to unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault.

Charging papers give this account:

The woman was walking toward the elevators in a parking garage in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, when the man grabbed her from behind and put what appeared to be a handgun to her head.

She pleaded, and he ran off.

A witness saw him get into a vehicle, and someone called 911.

Police found the vehicle in the parking garage, contacted the man inside, and both the witness and the victim identified him as the attacker.

Officers found a roll of duct tape and a lock on him, and a carbon dioxide-style gun (which usually shoot pellets or bbs) in the garage.

The man told police he didn’t know why he put the gun to the woman’s head or what he was going to do next, and said he’d had mental health issues lately and was having a tough time.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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