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Man charged in interrupted burglary in Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 30, 2009 at 10:39 am with No Comments »
June 30, 2009 10:39 am

Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges against one man suspected of stabbing a homeowner during an interrupted burglary earlier this month in Tacoma.

William G. Bergquist, 45, was charged Monday with first-degree assault in connection with the June 20 incident.

Court documents provide the following information:

A homeowner told police he heard a noise in the alleyway behind his house in the 4500 block of South Thompson Avenue early on June 20. He went to investigate and saw a man near the garage and another man.

The homeowner asked the two what they were doing. Bergquist tried to punch the homeowner and threw a sheet at him.

The homeowner struck Bergquist. The second man, who hasn’t been identified, got into a scuffle with the homeowner. Bergquist, meanwhile, got to his feet and reportedly stabbed the homeowner.

The two attackers fled in a gray truck. The victim provided officers with a description of the knife.

The victim was stabbed under his left arm pit and underwent surgery.

Officers found the sheet that had been thrown at the victim.

“The sheet was cut in the shape of a triangle and bore the handwritten inscription ‘CAPT SAV-A-HO,'” court documents state.

The victim identified Bergquist as one of his attackers. Bergquist, who is under state Department of Corrections supervision, was arrested Friday. He had a knife that matched the description provided by the victim.

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