A man wanted in connection with the kidnapping and assault of a 79-year-old man last month in Lakewood has been found in Bakersfield, Calif.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Bryan Lee Stetson, 37, last month with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault and an arrest warrant was issued June 17.
Lakewood police asked California law enforcement agencies for help in finding Stetson, who is from the state, police Lt. Heidi Hoffman said Friday. Bakersfield authorities found and arrested Stetson this month and a Lakewood police detective went there and interviewed him July 17.
Deputies brought Stetson back to Pierce County on Thursday and he was booked into the Pierce County Jail. He made a court appearance Friday.
Prosecutors allege Stetson and the 79-year-old man had been sharing a room at the Gloria Motel, 10005 South Tacoma Way, in Lakewood for several days.
Officers and paramedics called to the room June 12 found the older man with bruises around his eyes and on his arms and torso. His hands were discolored, he had open wounds on his arms and his skin was torn and bleeding.
The man was hospitalized and went into cardiac arrest. His condition initially was considered life-threatening but he appears to be doing better, Hoffman said.
A witness told police she’d been sitting outside the motel room, talking to Stetson for several hours, and he kept saying he’d had a fight with the victim.
The woman said she asked whether the other man was all right and Stetson said they should go see. They entered the room and found the man crawling on the floor, unable to get up.
The woman left the room and reported what she saw. Stetson left.
Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268