A man who is a person of interest in a Spanaway homicide led sheriff's deputies on a foot chase Sunday before he disappeared into the woods near Elk Plain.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives believe that Robert Dalton Tucksen, 39, is hiding in an “underground encampment” in the forest near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to department spokeswoman detective Lynelle Anderson.
Tucksen was allegedly with 21-year-old victim Zachariah Wright the night he was killed. Firefighters found Wright dead June 13 after extinguishing a fire inside a duplex in the 300 block of Field Road East. An autopsy determined Wright died after his throat was slashed.
Deputies received a report around 11:50 a.m. Sunday about a suspicious person walking south on Mountain Highway East near 224th Street East, Anderson said. A deputy stopped Tucksen a little after noon and asked for his ID. Tucksen handed it over, confirming his identity, and ran away.
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“We still have his wallet,” Anderson said. A police dog could not track Tucksen, and the search was called off in the afternoon.
Tucksen was interviewed by detectives in June 2005, when his 2-year-old son was found abandoned with a cheeseburger and a cup of water at a Parkland church. Tucksen said that he and his girlfriend, Pamela Kuich, had fought a few days earlier and she had left with their son.
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