Police Blotter Jan. 31st, 2013
GUN PULLED, WEED STOLEN
Bags of marijuana were dropped in a Lincoln District parking lot when a robbery interrupted an attempted drug deal. The incident occurred on Jan. 22 in the 1300 block of South 38th Street. A man with a box of marijuana in bags was waiting to meet another individual outside of a grocery store. A man approached the man with the box, pointed a gun at him, grabbed the box and fled the scene. Several bags fell out as he ran away. A friend of the man who was robbed fired a gun at the robber, hitting two cars. No one was arrested. Police briefly detained the man who fired the gun, which was confiscated by officers.
CHASE THROUGH TWO CITIES
A man was arrested after leading Tacoma and Lakewood officers on a chase on Jan. 22. The incident began in the 960 block of South Sheridan Avenue. The man was driving recklessly and officers tried to pull him over. The man kept driving, running several red lights. Tacoma officers ended their pursuit when Lakewood officers took over at the city line. A few minutes later Lakewood officers stopped chasing the car. The license plate number was checked and officers learned the car was registered to a man who had been convicted of felony assault. They went to his home and arrested him on suspicion of eluding and reckless driving.
SHOOTOUT AT MCDONALD’S
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle. The charges stem from what is believed to be a gang-related shooting at a McDonald’s in Parkland on Jan. 21.
According to information from Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the respondent was with a group of friends at the fast-food restaurant when they were confronted by another group of teens. Members of the confronting group lifted their shirts to reveal firearms. Both groups went outside. The respondent is accused of firing a shot from a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle. One other suspect fired several shots from a handgun. The youths fled the scene.
Witnesses described a panicked scene after about 10 shots were fired. A 14-year-old boy, a friend of the respondent, was shot in the hand. He was transported to a hospital. Two bullets hit a nearby car dealership. One shattered a window. A receptionist at the dealership was hit by flying glass and the bullet lodged in the wall of the children’s play area.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies responded. They found a trail of shell casings leading away from McDonald’s. They found the respondent, who had several .22 caliber bullets in his pockets. He told police where the rifle was. He had a warrant out for his arrest. The boy has prior convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
SPARKLER BOMB EXPLODES
A small bomb made of sparklers exploded outside a Department of Corrections office on Jan. 17. The incident occurred at the intersection of Center and South ‘J’ streets. No one was injured and no property was damaged.
A man was arrested on Jan. 16 after he allegedly kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home. The incident happened in the 1300 block of South 27th Street. The woman, who is pregnant, has a no-contact order against her ex-boyfriend. The woman chased the man as he fled from her home and got into a vehicle. She was not injured. The man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and burglary.
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