Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Winthrop Clean-up Begins

Two narcotics search warrants were served at the Winthrop this morning at 8:00 a.m. in two different apartments. Numerous arrests were made with evictions expected to follow. Among the arrestees were several drug dealers and users, and a sex offender staying at one of the apartments with several young women. Warrant arrests were also made, according to Tacoma Police Department (TPD) One Sector Commander Lieutenant Corey Darlington.

The sweep was led by the TPD Special Investigations Unit, and in particular case agent Officer Chris Martin, who initiated and coordinated the investigation. Police also cited the continued assistance of community member Laura Hanan, who has consistently documented illegal activity by many of the individuals arrested today.

"Those two people [among the group arrested today] have been bringing many undesirable people into this neighborhood and it is great that they are both where they belong--in jail," states Hanan. "I'm sure law abiding residents of the Winthrop also appreciate not being intimidated by these two creeps anymore as well."

The clean-up of the Winthrop Hotel continues...


  1. Nice work Laura!

    Your hard paid off.

    The continual problems with the Winthrop is a text book example how large highly concentrated low income housing projects all sharing the same entrance and other common areas do not work as the common areas cannot be effectively controlled.

    Plus, the high number of people in the building make it impossible for the residents to identify and bar trespassers. See defensible Space published by HUD

  2. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Good work but to bad they will be out in no time.

  3. It's about time! The melee started just prior to 8:00 a.m. and it was nice to see our neighborhood "pain-in-the-neck" get taken into custody"! Yippee! Now, if the warrants and eviction notices served today are fully supported, let's finish the clean up of the neighborhood! Thanks, Laura! (And Chris)

  4. Candi9:05 AM

    It is good to see community involvement in getting the drug dealers and "creeps" off the streets. Where they will end up next is anybodys guess, but what is unfortunate is they WILL end up somewhere else. Anywhere that has Broken Windows is a breeding ground. So lets work on getting that side of the neighborhood fixed up so we can prevent this in the future... Just a suggestion. And I am more than willing a participant in the campaign for it.
    Good job everyone!

  5. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Any progress on getting that pay phone removed across from the Winthrop? Walked by today with some out of state visitors and some not so cool people were standing around it. I guess they were some of the Downtown gangs I have heard about.