May 28, 2022

USA: Single Mom In Tacoma, Washington Keeps Getting Her House Vandalized By A Stranger. Sometimes Multiple Times A Day. Since Fox13 Report Police Now Offer Reward Anonymous Tip


FOX 13 Seattle published May 28, 2022: Police seek tips to identify man terrorizing Tacoma woman, destroying her property repeatedly. A single mom in Tacoma says a stranger is targeting her family, and she no longer feels safe; she reached out to FOX 13 News to help get attention on the issue. Now, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to help identify him.
FOX 13 Seattle published May 27, 2022: Stranger terrorizes single mom's Tacoma home repeatedly A single mom in Tacoma says a stranger is targeting her family, and she no longer feels safe; she reached out to FOX 13 News to help get attention on the issue.

Fox13 News, Seattle local
written by AJ Janavel
Saturday May 28, 2022

TACOMA, Washington - A single mom in Tacoma says a stranger is targeting her family, and she no longer feels safe; she reached out to FOX 13 News to help get attention on the issue. Now, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to help identify him.

Ginger Rivera says she moved into her Tacoma home in January with her 15-year-old son.

"I was kind of going through difficult times. So it was, I felt more capable, you know, being a homeowner on my own. So, it was kind of exciting and scary all at the same time," said Rivera.

Several months later, this single mom says the excitement is gone, and all that is left is the fear.

"I can’t rest, you know. I'm on high alert all the time. It’s flight or fight mode," said Rivera.

For the last month, Rivera says a strange man continually returns to her home destroying parts of her property. She says it even happens multiple times a day.

Rivera has no idea why.

"The neighbors don’t know who he is. I don’t know who he is. I’m trying to figure out, you know, what his motive is. Is it the house. Is it the previous tenants. Is it me," she said.

Rivera says she is dealing with the headache and cost of home repairs due to the damage. However, what is much harder to deal with is the loss of feeling safe at home.

She says her son no longer wants to stay at the house.

"That's heartbreaking. I don’t blame him. I agree with him," she said.

Rivera says she calls the police each time there is an incident, but this man is still harassing her family.

"They [the police] see this as just a not a high-priority crime. This is vandalism, which I understand. But if you take in the whole picture, it’s escalating. And he has intent to do harm, you kno. It’s an attack," she said.

Rivera says at first she was terrified, but now that feeling is turning into anger.

"I need help, and I’m not getting help. And so I’m reaching out to anyone I can to get that help," said Rivera.

FOX 13 News initially did not show the man’s face because he is not currently charged with a crime.

Since we reached out to Tacoma Police, officers are now searching for the suspect. Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or use the P3 Tips on your smart phone. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

FOX 13 News also reached out to Tacoma City Councilmember, Joe Bushnell, who Rivera says she has been working with to get answers.

In a statement, Bushnell told us:

"I empathize with the community member who has reached out to me. Her account of the harassment that she and her family have experienced at the hands of another individual sounds traumatic and it is unacceptable. In Tacoma, we are working hard to ensure everyone can feel safe in their own homes. I will continue to work closely with her and her family, as well as the Tacoma Police Department, to resolve this situation."

FOX 13 Seattle published April 3, 2022: 3rd person in custody after road rage shooting. Three people are in custody after a road rage shooting and crash in Tukwila.
Troopers say 20 shootings have been reported so far this year along King County Highway. (emphasis mine)
The News Tribune, Seattle local
written by Sabrina Jiles
Saturday May 28, 2022

A Tacoma-area candidate for Washington state representative announced Friday her car was hit by gunfire in a road-rage incident in Tacoma.

Sharlett Mena, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that she was followed and shot at while driving home from her campaign kickoff Wednesday.

“Everything seemed fine and normal, and it felt like a really great campaign kickoff with a lot of energy from the community,” Mena said in an interview with The News Tribune on Friday.

Mena is one of three candidates running for the 29th Legislative District, Position 2, seat. The other candidates are Melissa Knott, a Democrat, and David Figuracion, a Republican. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 2 primary will move on to November’s general election. The 29th District emcompasses parts of Tacoma, Lakewood, Parkland and south to Spanaway and Frederickson.

Mena wrote in her Twitter thread that she and her partner were driving home after dropping off a friend at their home after the event. They were headed down South Yakima Avenue in Tacoma, with Mena in the passenger seat, when several cars began speeding near them and harassing them, she said.

There were cars that were going 60, 70, in what is a 30-mile-per-hour road. There was one car that hit us bumper to bumper. They felt like we weren’t going fast enough even though we were going the speed limit. And there was a second car that came over and cut us off and slammed on the brakes,” Mena told The News Tribune.

Mena said the other drivers started yelling through the window and wanted Mena and her partner to roll their windows down. A backseat passenger in one of the cars later pulled out a gun and fired a shot that hit the front of Mena’s car.

Mena said she and her partner drove home and filed a report with the Tacoma Police Department. A police spokesperson said the department received a report of a drive-by shooting in the 7400 block of South Wapato Street at 10:15 p.m. The vehicle tied to the incident sustained documented damage. No other details were immediately available.

Neither Mena nor her partner sustained physical injuries. Mena said she doesn’t believe they were specifically targeted.

“I don’t think this was targeted at all. This felt like a wrong place, wrong time incident,” Mena said told The News Tribune.

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