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Young man arrested after two robberies, two police chases

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
October 6, 2009 1:08 pm

Tacoma police arrested an 18-year-old man Monday evening after he allegedly robbed two teens of electronics and tried to run from officers.

The young man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of two counts of robbery and two counts of obstructing a police officer.

The first robbery occurred Monday afternoon at the Tacoma Community College Transit Center. The suspect grabbed electronics from a 14-year-old boy, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

A short time later, the same suspect spotted a 17-year-old boy holding an iPhone on a bus. The suspect snatched the phone, Fulghum said.

The victim demanded his phone back but the suspect refused. The two got into a struggle on the bus, Fulghum said.

The bus driver called 911 shortly after 4 p.m. and then went back to help the victim detain the suspect.

The suspect got off the bus and ran in the area of North 11th and Proctor streets. A responding Tacoma police officer spotted the suspect and chased him but eventually lost sight of him. A police K-9 responded and did a track but didn’t immediately locate the suspect, Fulghum said.

A little more than an hour later, officers were notified about a suspicious person and responded to the area of Sixth Avenue and Proctor Street. The suspect spotted the officers at South 10th Street and Union Avenue and ran. This time, the officers caught up to him.

The suspect was uncooperative and was stunned with a Taser in the 1100 block of South Warner Street. Medical aid checked out the man, then he was booked into the jail, Fulghum said.

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