Tacoma police have arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of taking a pit bull from the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County last month while armed with a knife.
Last week, Pierce County prosecutors charged Bradley James Brant with first-degree robbery in connection with the Aug. 30 incident. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Members of the Tacoma Police Department’s gang unit arrested Brant on Tuesday night. He’s expected to make his first court appearance today.
Charging documents provide the following information:
Evelyn Louise Jordan Zarate went to the Humane Society on Aug. 30 and asked to see a pit bull named “Chica.” The dog had a history of being kenneled because of behavior issues. The animal was in the Humane Society at the time because it allegedly attacked and killed a neighbor’s dog.
An employee led Zarate to the kennel area. Zarate visited with Chica for about five minutes, then left.
As Zarate left the building, Brant walked inside. He asked to see his dog. An employee took Brant back to the kennel area. He looked at each, then stopped in front of Chica.
Brant said he wanted Chica. When the employee said Chica belonged to someone else, Brant pulled out a knife and said, “Can I have it now?”
Brant handed the employee a leash and the employee put it on the dog. Brant ordered the employee to stay put for five minutes, then headed out of the Humane Society with the pit bull.
Another employee noticed Brant leaving with the dog and thought it was unusual because the Humane Society does not adopt out pit bulls. Brant ran through the door towards a red car with Zarate in the driver’s seat.
The employee confronted Brant, who warned that he had a knife. The suspects drove off with Chica.
Later that day, officers stopped Zarate in the red car. Her boyfriend was driving a Bronco behind her. Chica and another dog was found inside the Bronco. The boyfriend was cited for driving with a suspended license and his Bronco impounded.
Zarate initially denied knowing Brant. She later said she did. He’d asked her to meet him at Humane Society so he could get his dog out.
“(She) stated that when Brant got in the car with the dog he held a knife to her neck and told her to drive,” charging documents state. “It was later that she realized the dog was ‘Chica’ and not Brant’s dog.”
She said she let Brant out of her car.
Witnesses of the robbery viewed photo montages and identified Brant as the robber.
Prosecutors also have charged Zarate with first-degree robbery in connection with the incident. Prosecutors charged her boyfriend with unlawful drug possession after meth, marijuana and prescription drugs were located in the Bronco.