Tacoma WA Nov 13 2017 Over a two-day span, the man who claimed to own Tacoma Mall insisted he would hold a huge auction and give the money to employees, snapped a windshield wiper off a security vehicle and demanded to see diamonds at a jewelry store.
The trouble started Nov. 5, when the man, 51, was told to leave a department store. At first, he complied. Then he returned, spotted a security vehicle and pounded the hood. The guard behind the wheel started filming with a phone, then called police.
By the time Tacoma officers arrived, the man had walked to a nearby hotel. As officers spoke to the security guard, a dispatch call came in: The man was claiming that security guards shot at him, hit him with one of their cars and took his phone.
Officers went to the hotel and spoke to the man, who rambled and made little sense. He said he had recently purchased two of the mall stores and planned to hold an auction.
TOLD HE HAD BEEN TRESPASSED FROM THE MALL, HE SAID, “HOW CAN THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY BE TRESPASSED?”
Told he had been trespassed from the mall, he said, “How can the owner of the property be trespassed?”
He was arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of vandalism and trespassing.
A day later, he was out of jail and back at the mall, hounding employees at a jewelry store and claiming he would buy the entire complex.
Officers returned and spoke to the man, who said he hated cops and hoped they would all die. He said he would come back to the mall once he got out of jail.
Suspecting mental illness, officers didn’t take the threats seriously, but they ran a records check. The man was listed as a missing person out of King County. Officers spoke to his estranged wife, who said she would arrange to have him picked up later. He was booked into the jail on suspicion of trespassing and violating the previous order.