A 12-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury this week after his 13-year-old buddy wrecked a stolen car following a Tacoma crime spree, police said.
“This was a bad deal all around,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The action began at the University of Puget Sound about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday when a security guard saw three people acting suspiciously near a Nissan Xterra, Cool said. The trio climbed into the car as the guard approached and drove off, she said. The guard found broken glass where the Xterra had been parked, realized it had just been stolen and called police.
About two hours later, a worker at the Metropolitan Market on North Proctor spotted a group of boys loading watermelons from a display outside the store into an Xterra, Cool said.
The employee surmised they were stealing the melons and used his own car to block the exit from the store’s parking lot, she said.
The boys climbed into the Xterra which sped out of the parking lot, slamming into the employee’s car in the process.
The employee, who wasn’t hurt, followed the Xterra down North 28th Street, where it went out of control and hit a tree in the 3900 block, Cool said.
Two boys jumped out of the car and ran off. Police found the third lying in the grass with a “piece of vehicle debris sticking out of his forehead,” Cool said. That boy, 12, was taken to the hospital for surgery. The News Tribune could not determine his condition Thursday.
Police later tracked down and arrested the other two boys: the 13-year-old driver and his 15-year-old friend.
The 13-year-old boy was taken to the Remann Hall juvenile detention center for investigation of second-degree assault, car theft and vehicular assault. The 15-year-old was booked on suspicion of car theft.
“They had driven around downtown for a couple of hours and were bored,” Cool said. “They got hungry and decided to go get some watermelons.”