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Category: Police Beat

Oct.
18th

JBLM soldier pleads not guilty to impersonating officer in dealings with prostitutes

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier pleaded not guilty today to charges he impersonated a police officer in conversations with two prostitutes and unlawfully detained one of the women in his vehicle.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Sylvester Haliburton, 27, with two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation and one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment. Bail was set at $75,000.

According to charging documents:

A known prostitute told police she opened a man’s car door Oct. 8, at which point he flashed a badge, showed a gun and said: “Tacoma police, get in the car, don’t make a scene.”

Believing the man was

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June
6th

Impromptu memorial set up at Tacoma house where teen slain

A memorial of sorts has sprung up outside a home on Tacoma’s East Side where a 15-year-old was brutally slain last week.

Dozens of candles have been placed on the ground and messages have been spray painted on a garage wall at a home in the 800 block of East 52nd Street where Hector Hernandez-Valdez was butchered last Friday.

The memorial sits next to several recycling bins. Brothers Luis and Cristobal Arroyo allegedly tried to dispose of Hernandez-Valdez’s body in a recycling bin after stabbing him multiple times and slitting his throat.

Both youths have been been charged with first-degree

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Oct.
22nd

Police Beat: Four Tacoma purse snatchings in four days

Maybe it’s random, maybe it’s a piece of string: Over four days recently, unidentified thieves snatched four purses from four Tacoma women.

Coincidence? Tacoma police wonder. Three victims were seniors who came home late. They were robbed on their doorsteps, according to police reports.

First incident – Oct. 11, 10:08 p.m., 4300 block of South J Street:

Victim, a 73-year-old woman, returns from an evening out with a friend. She opens her front door and takes four or five steps. Someone darts in behind her, snatches her purse, and runs to a small car parked nearby. The car drives away.

The woman told police the car was small and black. A witness saw the robber hiding behind a tree moments before the incident. The victim and witness described the thief as a 20-to-30-year-old black man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
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