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Homicide in parking garage shakes Stadium District residents
The News Tribune ^ | 9/6/2013 | ALEXIS KRELL

Posted on 09/06/2013 9:20:10 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie

(Summary: Sons Of Barack'S murder white guy; no press conference by President...)

Last weekend’s killing in the supposedly secure parking garage of a high-end condominium complex in Tacoma’s Stadium District has shaken residents throughout the neighborhood.

Lawrence Howse was killed inside the private garage of the Sky Terrace condominium building, a fortress-like structure built on a steep hillside that drops from Broadway to Stadium Way.

The eight-story concrete building is characterized by its sweeping views of Mount Rainier and Commencement Bay, and by its rooftop swimming pool, advertised as the only one in the city.

The walk-up entrance to Sky Terrace resembles a moat with a bridge that ends at a locked door and a card-key reader. The building’s foundation and tall cyclone fencing topped with barbed wire block access from the sides.

Access to the parking level entrance on Stadium Way is possible only through a retractable steel mesh gate operated by remote transmitters or by punching a security code on a keypad.

Yet on Saturday night, when Howse, 54, drove his black BMW into the garage, two men apparently slipped in behind him as the gate was closing. Howse was shot and killed in what police called “a robbery that went wrong.”

This week, residents of similarly protected apartments and condominiums in the area were making sure security doors close behind them, checking back seats when they get in their cars and giving long looks to strangers.

Juliana Brisbois, 23, who lives just down the street at the Broadmoor Apartments, said she moved to the Stadium District because she believed it was safe.

“We could have gotten a place for $200 or $300 less somewhere else,” she said. “We chose to move here instead of somewhere where it wouldn’t have been as secure. Now I don’t feel safe.”

Saturday night’s killing has made her more cautious, Brisbois said.

She has started paying more attention when neighbors prop security doors open when they go out for a smoke. Even with the best precautions, she said, there are opportunities for “transient people” to slip inside.

Recently, Brisbois said, one of her neighbors surprised a thief rummaging through tenants’ clothing in the laundry room.

“It’s scary because you don’t think you have to worry about it in places like this, but apparently you do,” she said.

One of Howse’s neighbors at the Sky Terrace, a 33-year-old woman who said her parking space is directly adjacent to the one where Howse was killed, said she and other residents are frightened despite all the security measures.

Managers of the complex were not immediately reachable for comment Thursday.

“I’m obviously scared, especially having a baby,” said the woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Kara. “It could just as easily have been me.

“It’s pretty scary to think you’re secure and then find out that you’re not,” she said.

Kara said building managers at the Sky Terrace sent a letter to all owners, outlining the situation and urging caution.

Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said taking precautions is always a good idea, but Saturday’s crime was highly unusual and apparently random.

“In that particular place and area, they don’t have this type of crime,” Cool said.

Slipping under security gates as they are closing is a staple of action movies but a very unusual tactic for criminals, Cool said.

“I don’t remember any situations like this before,” she said. “I would think because of the movies and stuff it would happen quite a bit, but we don’t get a lot of those reports.”

The men robbed Howse, Cool said, but investigators have not revealed specifically what they took. So far, she said, police have not managed to identify any suspects.

“We’re still asking for tips,” she said, “We’re hoping that if anybody saw anything unusual around that time, they’ll call and let us know.”

Police describe the suspects as black men in their late teens or early 20s with average builds. One had a light complexion and was wearing a white shirt and dark pants, they said, and the other was wearing a dark shirt and dark pants.

For people concerned about the possibility of crime in secured garages, Cool had this advice: “Always be observant both entering and exiting. If you see someone enter through the gate, notify the appropriate people.

“If you see someone you do not recognize outside of your car, if possible, drive away. Call immediately if you sense danger.”

Brisbois said she already takes those precautions. She would like to see better security measures by apartment managers, but she said she knows there’s a limit to what can be done.

“People who are degenerates or who are just bad people will find a way in,” she said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Washington
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I ride my bike past this apartment twice a day. The President has not held a press conference about how, if he had a son, the perpetrators would look like that son.
1 posted on 09/06/2013 9:20:10 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie
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To: Uncle Miltie

“If you see someone you do not recognize outside of your car, if possible, drive away. Call immediately if you sense danger.”

No, put your Glock in your hand.


2 posted on 09/06/2013 9:23:52 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Uncle Miltie

Is this place in a “hood”? If so, I don’t get why folks would choose to live there. Is there some investment potential gentrification going on?


3 posted on 09/06/2013 9:24:11 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

This is Tacoma’s most upscale part of downtown, which is not saying a whole lot, but the views are magnificent.


4 posted on 09/06/2013 9:26:50 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Are Marines required to salute Al Qaeda yet?)
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To: Uncle Miltie
“In that particular place and area, they don’t have this type of crime,” Cool said.

Except, you know, when they do.

5 posted on 09/06/2013 9:28:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Has anyone seen my marbles?)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Police describe the suspects as black men in their late teens or early 20s with average builds. One had a light complexion and was wearing a white shirt and dark pants, they said, and the other was wearing a dark shirt and dark pants.
6 posted on 09/06/2013 9:32:54 AM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

With obama’s policies, there will be much more of this. It’s just the poor ‘oppressed’ underclass rising up and taking what is ‘rightly’ theirs from those evil ‘oppressors’.


7 posted on 09/06/2013 9:33:14 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: Tax-chick

Ferals want to kill you. Arm yourself, city-dwellers. I guess midnight basketball wasn’t enough.


8 posted on 09/06/2013 9:34:43 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Uncle Miltie
“It’s pretty scary to think you’re secure and then find out that you’re not,”

Don't depend on someone else to make you secure because feeling secure is exactly what that will provide, "a feeling".

9 posted on 09/06/2013 9:36:03 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Black men. WHAT a surprise


10 posted on 09/06/2013 9:38:28 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Every time a liberal gets pissed off an angel gets their wings.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
The walk-up entrance to Sky Terrace resembles a moat with a bridge that ends at a locked door and a card-key reader. The building’s foundation and tall cyclone fencing topped with barbed wire block access from the sides.

Sounds like it's in a bad neighborhood, probably filled with liberals who crave diversity.

11 posted on 09/06/2013 9:39:01 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
and... what police called “a robbery that went wrong.”

ever notice cops say that all the time when someone is murdered and the perp(s) and victim(s) resemble those here?

Perhaps it is not a "robbery that went wrong" but a murder and robbery.

12 posted on 09/06/2013 9:39:21 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I get it. My brother and his wife live in such a place in downtown San Diego. Guess it makes sense for them, since the kids are grown, so no school district to worry about.

(Of they’re also both LEOs so they’re usually equipped for unknown “youths” in their garage)

Hope you’re safe on that bike!


13 posted on 09/06/2013 9:41:30 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Yet on Saturday night, when Howse, 54, drove his black BMW into the garage, two men apparently slipped in behind him as the gate was closing. Howse was shot and killed in what police called “a robbery that went wrong.”

This week, residents of similarly protected apartments and condominiums in the area were making sure security doors close behind them...

Liberal elites - who scold the middle class about 'racism' (from their safe 'sky boxes') might become more realistic if they're being hit...

14 posted on 09/06/2013 9:44:51 AM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: Dagnabitt

The hood is so close you could spit on it.
Just the other side of Wright’s park.
What was K street is now Martin Luther King Blvd...


15 posted on 09/06/2013 9:47:26 AM PDT by Sixpackplymouth
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To: Uncle Miltie
The "robbery that went wrong" motif ain't working any more. The folks know that it's black on white warfare. It's time to start fighting back.
16 posted on 09/06/2013 9:48:48 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Uncle Miltie

:: giving long looks to ^^strangers^^. ::

The newest racist “dog-whistle”.


17 posted on 09/06/2013 9:51:24 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Tacoma WA? According to the lame stream media there is NO racial dis-harmony there. Kum by ya, drum beating, chanting, love fest amongst all residents. Up close views when Ranier decides to awaken.


18 posted on 09/06/2013 9:52:23 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

0bama’s policies are going to force complexes like this to give a free apartment to those poor ‘oppressed’ downtrodden individuals, who will then have a key, and will have an much easier time of taking what is ‘rightfully’ theirs from their ‘oppressors’ while the ‘oppressors’ are out working to pay the taxes that go to to the ‘oppressed.’

And if the cops tell the press the race of the robber/murderer, the cops lose their job.


19 posted on 09/06/2013 9:53:15 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: Uncle Miltie

OK. Went back to read and can only commisserate on the state of journalism in the US.

Seriously, does the author believe his/her/their credibility is enhanced by printing an entire article in ^individual sentences^?

Really. Does that style make the facts more factual?


20 posted on 09/06/2013 9:55:07 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

This is not the America of our grandparents, when women could safely take a stroll at night, old people were safe, and even delinquent kids had some values and manners. We live in an age that demands we be on our guard, no matter where we are, and that goes twice for white people who have been made objects of hate. Be well armed, and prepared to help all of us rid ourselves of feral predators.


21 posted on 09/06/2013 9:59:49 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Uncle Miltie

“checking back seats when they get in their cars and giving long looks to strangers.

I like how they cleaned it up by saying “strangers” even though everyone knows they were black. I would assume “black strangers” would get an especially long look.


22 posted on 09/06/2013 10:00:45 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Uncle Miltie
Howse was shot and killed in what police called “a robbery that went wrong.”

I'd say it was a robbery that went right. The criminals obtained what they wanted. Just because the victim died down't mean that the robbery didn't go exactly as the criminals intended. This is the fallacy of paying any attention to the JBTs. They would have you believe that a robbery is just a simple transaction - robber gets your money you go away a bit poorer but none the worse for wear- no harm no foul. Ain't the way it works. It was statistically proven (by Gary Kleck) that you're a lot safer resisting with a firearm than following the robbers' instructions.

To me a "robbery went wrong" is where the victim kills the criminals. OH and BTW as long as no police were hurt, this isn't going to get a lot of police manpower.

23 posted on 09/06/2013 10:14:12 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Dagnabitt

Or drive over the bastard if you can. What is the “knock-down power” of a car compared to a 9mm?


24 posted on 09/06/2013 10:34:33 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Dagnabitt

Is this place in a “hood”? If so, I don’t get why folks would choose to live there. Is there some investment potential gentrification going on?

That’s funny. We live in Tacoma in a multi-cultural neighborhood and feel quite safe. The “hoods” prefer neighborhoods with better pickings.


25 posted on 09/06/2013 10:36:27 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: Uncle Miltie
Anybody who trusts the "Security" of places like these is living in a fools paradise.

AGA - Always Go Armed

26 posted on 09/06/2013 10:57:10 AM PDT by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe)
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To: Little Ray

9mm of tire tread?


27 posted on 09/06/2013 11:14:30 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
This is Tacoma’s most upscale part of downtown, which is not saying a whole lot, but the views are magnificent.

I stayed at a hotel near the Tacoma Dome during the big ice storm a couple years ago. My truck was vandalized, thieves cut the gasoline filler line by going under the truck. I guess they siphoned gas. (So much for locking gas-filler doors, which my truck as stock. I'd have rather they stole the gas without destroying my ability to drive the truck.

There might be some nice areas but mostly Tacoma is pretty much a step above a slum. Pierce county is full of crime and gangs, too. A few years ago some low life shot four cops as they were eating breakfast. He was on the lam for a week and a bunch of people in the "neighborhood" were harboring him.

It's that kind of place. And yes, it is heavily minority in many areas, and the minorities are racist and will get YT if they can.

The Hilltop Crips are notorious.

28 posted on 09/06/2013 12:47:34 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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"Tacoma and Lakewood Crips" - police gang intelligence briefing.

If you go down and read their motto's it is easy to believe they shot someone in a BMW in a parking lot, just cause they could get away with it.

29 posted on 09/06/2013 12:57:47 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
notice how the cops just want us to be more aware, and places all responsibility on victims or future victims...

advice from the police chief in my area is "don't fight back or you'll make it worse"...

so there you have it, straight from the cops..

.sound advice....

be always afraid and never fight back...

there is no right to live in a safe place....tough cookies, peasants....

30 posted on 09/06/2013 4:24:46 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Obadiah

if it was so upscale, then there has to be many video cameras....


31 posted on 09/06/2013 4:25:57 PM PDT by cherry
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To: pallis; Jim Robinson

Fred Reed, who we aren’t allowed to post here the last I looked, just wrote an interesting article about growing up in that America which you describe in the 1950s. Title “Surrender in the Culture Wars.” Search it out and read it.

Heck, I’ll ping the big guy and ask if that can be changed. That article is worth it.


32 posted on 09/06/2013 4:33:09 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Posted to twitter with tag #SofBO
(I was previously using tag #SoB but of course that tag returns tweets of women angry at their men)


33 posted on 09/06/2013 6:00:50 PM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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