19-year-old jailed after assaulting student

On March 1, a female student was attacked by a 19-year-old in the parking lot.

Armani JacksonManaging Editor

On March 1, a female student was attacked by a 19-year-old in the parking lot with a plastic Coca Cola bottle that had been filled with R&R liquor.

The alleged assailant is the student’s ex-boyfriend, and he was arrested by Puyallup Police in the southeast portion of Pierce College Puyallup after the alleged assault.

At about 5:15 p.m. the student picked up the man at the Sumner Library and arrived at Pierce at 6:30 p.m. for her evening psychology class.

They’d been in a two-year relationship and lived in her trailer. The two broke up after the man apparently burned down the trailer six days prior to this incident, according to the police report. The couple was hanging out because she wanted to talk about the trailer fire. When she arrived at her car after class, she found the male acting belligerent and irrational, admitting he’d been drinking, according to her written statement.

He poured the liquor into a Coke bottle and was asked by the victim to throw the bottle away. The man then began to thrash around in her truck, and when he asked to step out by the female student, he refused and allegedly broke the truck’s passenger side air vent. She then called 911 on her cellphone and the man asked her to hang up.

She continued talking to authorities and he then got out of the truck, drank the rest of the alcohol in the bottle, struck it on her forehead, threw the bottle in the trash can and walked away with her dog.

The man later returned while she was still on the phone with police. He put his arm around the student’s neck, stole her iPhone 5s and ripped out a section of her hair before running away once more with the dog and cellphone, according to the police report.

Police arrived at the scene and deployed a K9 unit to look for the man, but the dog couldn’t find him. Officers later spotted the man in the southeast portion of the campus. He was arrested on the spot. Police claimed the victim’s dog, but the man said he didn’t have the cellphone.

He was yelling at police to have them read him his rights and admitted he’d been drinking. No information was provided as to the quantity of alcohol consumed. The man could barely stand and his words were slurred, according to the incident report.

The report stated that once the suspect was in the patrol vehicle, he began sobbing uncontrollably. He was also yelling to his sister who arrived at the scene but wasn’t making sense.

When asked about the incident by officers, the man denied stealing the student’s cellphone and throwing the bottle.

He was then taken to the Puyallup City Jail and was detained for third degree theft, fourth degree assault, interfering with domestic violence reporting, malicious mischief and minor intoxication.

As of press time, the man hasn’t been charged. No information has been provided regarding his release.

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Armani Jackson

19-year-old jailed after assaulting student

by Armani Jackson time to read: 2 min