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UPDATED: Man arrested on suspicion of killing his roommate at Puyallup apartment

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 19, 2010 at 5:39 am |
November 19, 2010 8:15 am

Puyallup police have arrested a man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his longtime roommate Thursday.

The 55-year-old man was being held in the Puyallup jail on suspicion of murder and will be transferred to the Pierce County Jail later today, Puyallup police Capt. Dave McDonald said this morning.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the name of the victim, also 55, because his family has not been notified of his death. The office also planned to conduct an autopsy today.

Puyallup police found the man’s body on the back deck of his third-floor apartment in the 210o block of South Meridian Street on Thursday afternoon. They believe he was killed during a confrontation sometime between midnight and 1 a.m., McDonald said.

Neighbors reported hearing a commotion in the apartment but didn’t call police.

“That’s not unusual for that apartment,” said McDonald, adding the two men who lived in the apartment were often loud and up late. “It didn’t raise any concerns with the neighbors when they heard a definite commotion.”

Thursday night, Puyallup police released the name of the dead man’s roommate to the media and asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911.

A woman saw a news report about the case. She later was at a restaurant in Lakewood, believed she saw the man featured in the news reports and called 911, McDonald said.

The man left the restaurant before Lakewood officers arrived. Two officers spotted the man sitting at a bus stop in the 9300 block of South Tacoma Way, McDonald said.

The man initially resisted the officers’ attempts to detain him. The officers were able to take him into custody and notified Puyallup police.  The man was not injured during the arrest.

The suspect and victim had been roommates for at least seven years, McDonald reported. Both have a history of mental health issues. McDonald said a motive for the slaying remained under investigation.

“We have no clear motive,” he said. “There was no argument, no fight.”

Investigators were not looking for anyone else in the slaying.

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