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Man faces charges of assaulting girlfriend

Tacoma police arrested a man on suspicion of kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend after he reportedly threatened to shoot officers early Tuesday.

The 21-year-old man – who did not have a weapon – was taken into custody without incident about 5 a.m. near Sixth Avenue and Pearl Street, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

Investigators believe the man kidnapped his girlfriend overnight from an apartment near Sixth and Pearl and took her into unincorporated Pierce County. The man allegedly made the woman drive around and beat her.

The woman got away was able to call 911 just after 3 a.m.

Deputies talked to the woman about what happened and asked Tacoma police to check on the apartment. A child had been left alone in the apartment during the incident, Fulghum said.

Deputies also reported the man had threatened to shoot police officers with an AK-47.

Police went to check the apartment and, while they were there, the man showed up but ran away when he saw the officers, Fulghum said. The officers and a police dog chased the man, who was found nearby and taken into custody shortly before 5 a.m.

Officers booked the man into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of felony harassment-domestic violence, first-degree assault-domestic violence, first-degree kidnapping-domestic violence, first-degree robbery-domestic violence and threats-domestic violence.

The child was found unharmed, Fulghum said.

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