The body of Chiranjiv “C.J.” Singh, owner of Tacoma’s Gateway to India restaurant, was found off the shores of Day Island last Sunday. He had been missing for a week, after his car was found on Nov. 20 at Titlow Beach.
Pierce County Sheriff divers retrieved the body after a passenger of a passing Amtrak train reportedly spotted the body in the water and notified authorities. Investigators don’t suspect foul play.
A victim of a vehicle prowl reported to police that his vehicle was left unlocked overnight in front of his residence. His military gear was taken, including a heavy vest, helmet and his wallet with his credit card. Another victim reported that her window was shattered while she worked out at a fitness club located on 19th Street. She left her purse, which was stolen, on the passenger floorboard of her car. Her purse contained her debit card, driver’s license and $200 in cash.
An officer was on routine patrol in the parking lot of a grocery store on Bridgeport Way when the officer noticed a man was twitching and scratching himself while pacing in front of the store. The subject avoided eye contact with the officer, waved at him and then ducked down. The officer made contact with him and was immediately told the man was doing better and not doing as much meth. He told the officer he was tweaking and that he believed he had a warrant for his arrest. A records check revealed a felony assault warrant for his arrest. The subject was booked into the Pierce County Jail.
Police were dispatched to a fight in progress at a storage unit on 24th Street West. A witness reported that two males had fled prior to the arrival of police. While conducting an area check, a male flagged down the officer and explained that he was a victim of a burglary and that he had been assaulted while confronting the suspect. The suspect was an acquaintance of the victim, and the victim knew the suspect had a storage unit located at the property. The victim went to the storage unit and recognized the suspect’s vehicle parked in front. The victim confronted the suspect who initially denied the allegation. When the victim explained that he had a camera in his room and caught him on the camera, the suspect panicked. He began throwing stolen items from his vehicle. The suspect started to drive off, and the victim jumped on the hood of the suspect vehicle. The suspect drove forward, gaining speed up to 30 miles per hour and then slammed on the brakes, throwing the victim onto the pavement. The suspect fled on foot because the storage lot worker disconnected the power to the gate. A Pierce County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was called to assist. The K-9 located and arrested the suspect nearby. Stolen items were recovered from the scene. The suspect vehicle was impounded pending a search and the suspect was taken to a hospital to treat injuries from his capture. The suspect was ultimately booked into the Pierce County Jail for Aggravated Assault and Residential Burglary.