Buckely resident Lonnie Leroy Tate has been charged with four felonies for allegedly setting a neighbor’s van and garage on fire, assaulting the neighbor and hindering the efforts of county deputies.
The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office filed papers in Pierce County Superior Court charging Tate with two counts of second degree arson, one count of second degree assault and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Tate is scheduled to be arraigned today.
According to a police report, Pierce County deputies were dispatched Aug. 25 to the 6800 block of 245th Avenue East near Buckley on the report of a suspect on a rampage.
Deputies were told the suspect was chasing a woman who was his neighbor with a baseball bat and yelling obscenities at her. The deputies also were told a house in the area was on fire.
When deputies arrived, smoke was visible in the area and Tate was seen with a baseball bat in each hand.
The deputies ordered Tate to drop the bats. He dropped one bat and threw the other at a deputy’s patrol vehicle. He also yelled obscenities and told deputies to shoot him.
The deputies used a Taser twice, but neither attempt was effective. Tate then ran into nearby woods and was able to escape the deputies and a subsequent search by a K-9 unit.
Tate eventually made his way to the Buckley Police Department and turned himself in. He was taken to Good Samaritan for treatment.
The woman told a Pierce County detective the incident began when she was gardening and heard Tate yelling. She went to see what he wanted and when Tate began yelling angrily at her she retreated into her house. Tate arrived at the house and began pouring gasoline inside her garage.
According to the police report, Tate said he was going to burn the place down.
Reports indicate as the woman fled Tate began chasing her with a baseball bat. She then heard glass breaking.
The woman was able to call 911 and wait at a friend’s house until deputies arrived.
Tate is alleged to have set fire to the van outside the home, which caused a fire in the garage.
According to a Pierce County deputy fire marshal the van was destroyed and the garage sustained about $1,800 in damage.