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UPDATED: Suspects hold South Tacoma woman at gunpoint, then ransack her home

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 18, 2012 at 6:06 am |
April 18, 2012 11:43 am

UPDATED at 11:40 a.m.

Tacoma police arrested one man and were searching for two others after they allegedly broke into a woman’s South Tacoma home Tuesday night, demanded her bank account access information and then ransacked her home.

Officers went to the home in the 3600 block of South Gunnison Street just before midnight because of a 911 hangup call, police reported.

When they arrived, they spotted a suspect carrying a large screen television from the home. The suspect saw the officers and ran, police reported.

Officers set up containment and a police dog found the suspect a short distance from the home.

The 20-year-old suspect, reportedly an active gang member, told officers that he and an accomplice broke into the 67-year-old woman’s home earlier in the night. The accomplice had a gun and the two intruders held the woman hostage and demanded the access code to her bank account, police said.

The suspect remained at the house as the accomplice left. The accomplice was picked up by a third suspect and tried to access the victim’s bank account, police said.

When that failed, the accomplice returned to the house. The two then ransacked the home and filed backpacks with the woman’s belongings.

Officers found the backpacks and recovered the victim’s stolen items.

The arrested suspect suffered minor injuries after he was contacted by the police dog, police said. He was booked into Pierce County Jail early today on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

The accomplice was described as an Asian man dressed in black clothing. He wore a bandana over his face and wielded the gun, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Investigators suspect he slipped out of the victim’s house at some point.

The 67-year-old woman was upset but not injured in the incident, Fulghum said.

Detectives didn’t know why the suspects picked the woman’s house.

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