University Place Police Department
A burglary was reported in University Place. The victim later called 911 and said he saw a subject carrying his wife’s purse near Narrow’s View Intermediate. Police responded and got into a foot chase with the suspect. He was captured and was found to be armed with a loaded Glock that was stuffed in his waistline. The suspect was identified as a multiple repeat offender who also had four felony warrants for his arrest. The suspect cooperated and was turned over to the Sheriff’s Proactive Property Crimes Unit. He went on a ride along with them and showed them 13 locations that he has burgled recently. He described his method of operation and what he looks for before burglarizing homes. He led them to an apartment where a stolen handgun was recovered. He also described how he sold the stolen guns and from whom. Twelve firearms were stolen during these burglaries, including two AR15 battle rifles. The Proac Unit is working this backward now trying to recover the weapons. Because of the trafficking of the firearms and the suspect’s prior felonies, ATF is looking at the case as well. The suspect was booked into the Pierce County Jail.
Police responded to St Claire Hospital regarding a stabbing victim. A Tacoma resident was contacted who reported that earlier that night he was walking to an apartment complex on Hannah Pierce Road West. He said he was looking for an apartment that his friend was staying at. He only knew the first name of his friend and did not have a phone number or apartment number for his friend. He said a group of three to four males approached him and began to attack him with punches. His gold bracelet was taken by the suspects before the victim was able to fight them off and flee on foot. He made it back to his residence where his girlfriend discovered he was bleeding heavily from his armpit. UP Police reported the wound was six inches long and very deep.
A victim of a vehicle prowl called police to his residence. The victim reported that his loaded 9mm Ruger handgun was stolen sometime overnight from the center console of his vehicle. The victim said he accidentally left his vehicle unlocked.
Fircrest Police Department
Officers took a report of a vehicle prowl from the 100 block of Berkeley where painting equipment was stolen from the victim’s vehicle. The victim noticed what they thought were their stolen paint sprayers for sale on Craigslist. They contacted the sellers and agreed to meet at the McDonalds in Lakewood. Officers were notified and ensured that Lakewood Police were notified. The victims had the serial numbers of their stolen paint sprayers and provided those serial numbers to police. The serial numbers matched and two suspects were subsequently arrested for being in possession of stolen property and for trafficking stolen property. One of the suspects also had warrants out for his arrest for theft.
Officers assisted University Place Police with a report of a vehicle being stolen from the victim’s carport. The suspects drove away while officers were responding to the call. The vehicle was spotted, and a felony stop was conducted on the 1800 Block of Wilton Road. The stolen vehicle was occupied by five individuals. The individuals were subsequently detained and taken into custody.
On Oct. 14, an officer was dispatched to the Family Town House Apartments located off Columbia to a report of a subject who had felony warrants out for his arrest and was seen carrying a baseball bat. While en route to the call, the Fircrest officer confirmed the felony warrant out for the suspects who occasionally stayed at the apartments with his mother. Officers had previously arrested the suspect for burglary, theft and for trafficking in stolen property. The warrants out for the suspect were for burglary and theft. With assistance of University Place officers, Fircrest officers went to the front door and knocked on the apartment where officers heard the suspect talking about jumping out the back balcony. Deputies were assigned to the perimeters to capture him if he did jump out. The suspect looked out the back and realized officers in the backyard, and he subsequently came to the front door and gave himself up.
Officers responded to a burglary on Columbia after the victim left his garage door open all night. The victim realized the next morning that someone had stolen his compressor, sprayer and clamps from inside his garage.
Officers responded to an attempted suicide that occurred on the north side of town. The victim had ingested several pills that belonged to her mother. Officers arrived on scene and determined that the victim had taken the pills about an hour prior to police arrival. Fire responded to the scene and transported the victim to Mary Bridge Hospital for treatment.
The department is coordinating the Washington Special Olympics Red Robin “Tip-A-Cop” event that will be taking place Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Red Robin located at the Tacoma Mall. Law Enforcement Officers from Fircrest, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Police Department, DuPont Police Department, Fife Police Department, Steilacoom Police Department, and the Ruston Police Department will be volunteering their time to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics of Washington. Several Special Olympic athletes from Fircrest and University Place will attend. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4-8 p.m.