A man who punched out his girlfriend and left her 7-month-old son on the side of the road after she accused him of cheating on her blamed the incident on “anger management issues,” records show.
Tracy Darnell Brown, a 24-year-old soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was charged Thursday with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony harassment, unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal mistreatment, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, second-degree abandonment of a dependent person, reckless endangerment and duty on striking property.
He was expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
Charging documents give this account:
Brown was giving his girlfriend and her baby a ride to her Lakewood home about 11 p.m. Tuesday when they began arguing about him cheating on her.
While traveling on South Tacoma Way, Brown threatened to kill her and repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the head until she blacked out.
When she woke up, her boyfriend and her baby were gone.
Brown quickly returned to the Dodge Challenger and she “asked where her baby was, and the defendant told her that he did not care about the baby,” records show.
The woman tried to get out of the vehicle to search for her son, but Brown allegedly held tight to her hair and started to drive off.
His girlfriend continued struggling until her hair extension ripped out and she was able to jump from the moving car.
She immediately ran to a police sergeant driving nearby and told him that Brown had tried to kill her and taken her son.
The sergeant tried to pull Brown over, but he sped off and headed toward state Route 16, reaching speeds of 130 mph.
Brown eventually crashed into a barrier near the Burnham Drive exit and took off running up an embankment.
A K-9 search was unsuccessful in finding him, but Brown was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Gig Harbor police near his wrecked car.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend was able to flag down a ride back to where Brown had parked during the assault and found her baby lying on the side of the road in a diaper.
Other than some road rash on his head, the baby was OK.
Brown told detectives he has “anger management issues” but doesn’t remember much of what happened, other than that he hurt his girlfriend.
“He also told police that he deserved the death penalty or he deserved to be locked up for a long time,” according to charging papers.
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