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UPDATED: Man charged with burglarizing three homes in South End

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
July 8, 2011 3:41 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man with eight crimes connected to a series of burglaries early Thursday in Tacoma’s South End.

Tom Duane Hedlund was charged with attempted first-degree rape, unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts each of first-degree burglary with sexual motivation and indecent exposure. During an afternoon court appearance, he was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Tacoma police arrested Hedlund early Thursday after receiving reports of a man in various stages of undress burglarizing – or trying to burglarize – homes.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Tacoma police officers were called to a home in the 4000 block of South G Street, where a 17-year-old girl had been attacked about 3 a.m.

The teen told officers she woke up when she heard her bedroom door closing. She spotted a man standing in her room, holding himself. His shirt was off and his pants were around his ankles.

The man climbed on top of the girl and tried to cover her mouth. The girl shoved and kicked the man as she screamed. The man lost his footing and ran out of her bedroom.

Officers discovered the attacker got in through a back door.

Officers were next called to a home in the 4000 block of South Park Avenue, where a woman was attacked just after 3:20 a.m. She’d heard the bathroom window being opened.

The woman heard a lighter flickering, then saw a naked man standing over her, holding himself. The victim said the man was smiling. She screamed and tried to grab a baseball bat.

The victim yelled at her mother to call police. The attacker left.

Less than an hour later, two Tacoma police officers were flagged down by a man who said he’d been approached by a man who wanted a lighter. He offered to give the man a couple of dollars for the lighter.

The victim told the man to wait outside as he went into his apartment in the 600 block of South 40th Street. The victim locked the door and used the restroom. When he was done, he found the man standing in his living room. The man yelled for a lighter and started to pull his pants down.

The victim convinced the man to put his clothes back on. The victim then ran out of the apartment.

A police dog found Hedlund inside the apartment. He claimed to live in the unit. When he was arrested, his pants were unzipped and partially falling down. He also had a small baggie of meth in his pocket.

The two victims from the other burglaries identified Hedlund as the man who’d attacked them.

Hedlund was convicted in Pierce County of first-degree murder in 1988. Hedlund, who was 19 at the time, and another man were accused of killing Daniel Haselwood, taking a calling card from him and tossing his body in the Puyallup River.

An 1988 psychologist’s report noted that Hedlund said he’d been sexually assaulted as a teen. He had a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

Hedlund reported that he was out of control and unable to stop his assault on Haselwood.

“It is obvious Mr. Hedlund is an extremely disturbed personality, whose behavior and addictions are chronic and severe,” Dr. Michael Comte wrote in the report. “He is only 19 years old so I am hopeful his young age will translate to some flexibility in his personality and behavior and, hopefully, there will be some positive influences and experiences in the institution.”

He was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison and released from custody in 2008. He also has been convicted of burglary in 1986 and 2010.


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