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Suspected vandal at Tacoma strip mall upset over felony charge

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:30 am |
February 15, 2013 10:30 am

Tuesday wasn’t a good day for the 40-year-old Tacoma man.

He got in a fight, his mom called the cops on him and police slapped handcuffs on him for allegedly breaking out the windows at businesses in a strip mall.

Now, Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with first-degree malicious mischief. Bail was set at $5,000 during his arraignment Thursday.

His response to the charges?

“What? I did the same thing last week and they only charged me with a misdemeanor,” he exclaimed, according to charging papers.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were called to the strip mall in the 800 block of 72nd Street after passersby reported seeing a man busting the windows and doors at seven businesses.

Damage was estimated at $5,000.

One of the deputies  investigating the vandalism remembered arresting the Tacoma man for previously breaking a window in the same strip mall. While pulling up the man’s booking photo to see if it matched the witness description from Tuesday’s incident, deputies were called to a nearby apartment.

A woman there told deputies her son “was out of control” and had punched another man in the home. It was the Tacoma man suspected in the vandalism.

He declined to speak with deputies but was quite upset when he learned the charges he was being booked on at Pierce County Jail.

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