UPPD Police Blotter

The most recent significant public safety activity in University Place is shared below. 

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Nov 29

November 29, 2023 Update

Posted on November 29, 2023 at 12:56 PM by Public Relations

Highlighted Incidents

Incident:  Warrant Arrest – Location: 1900 Mullen St S

An officer was patrolling near the 1900 block of Mullen St S when he observed an adult male walking on the sidewalk. He recognized the person from prior contacts. The officer was aware the individual was involved in a disturbance earlier in the day and had a felony warrant. The officer placed the suspect in custody without issue and transported him to jail.  

Incident:  Warrant Arrest – Location: 3800 Bridgeport Wy W

Officers were patrolling the Green Firs parking lot when they located a vehicle that was recently involved in a shoplift in University Place. They contacted the occupants of the vehicle and learned one of them had multiple warrants (Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and DV Harassment/DV Malicious Mischief 3/DV Assault). The arrestee was transported and booked into the Pierce County Jail.  

Incident:  Road Rage/Assault – Location: 2700 Bridgeport Wy W

Officers responded to a road-rage incident.  The driver of a motorcycle called to report he was assaulted by an unknown person. Multiple witnesses confirmed the motorcycle was approached by the driver of the other involved vehicle while stopped at a stop light. After a brief altercation, the driver pointed a pistol at the rider of the motorcycle. The suspect fled in his vehicle and was unable to be located.     

Incident:  Robbery – Location: 5700 59th SC W

A citizen reported he left a nearby bar and went to an apartment complex to meet several people he was introduced to earlier in the night. He parked his car and was approached by three individuals with firearms. The suspects demanded he give them his vehicle. The suspects got into the victim’s vehicle and fled the area in an unknown direction.   

Incident:  Vehicle Collision/DUI Arrest – Location: 5900 Bridgeport Wy W

An officer responded to a one-car collision (vehicle vs. pole). The officer’s investigation resulted in the driver being arrested and booked for DUI.  

Incident:  Robbery – Location: 3800 Bridgeport Wy W

Officers responded to Safeway regarding a strongarm robbery. An adult male approached the cashier with multiple items and pretended as if he was going pay for them. When the register was opened the suspect forced his way behind the counter and stole cash from the register. The suspect fled prior to the arrival of law enforcement. 

Incident:  Burglary/Arrest – Location:  4000 Bridgeport Wy W

Officers were near the Green Firs shopping center when they became aware of a burglary suspect walking on Bridgeport Wy W. They recognized the individual from video surveillance provided by the victim business. They contacted the suspect, arrested him, and transported him to the Pierce County Jail.  

Officers later contacted a victim who had her purse stolen from a business in University Place the day prior. Through their investigation they discovered the theft suspect was the same individual from the previous burglary arrest. The jail was contacted, and charges were added for Theft and Identity Theft.  

Incident:  Traffic Stop/Arrest – Location:  Cirque Dr/Orchard St W

An officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver’s license was suspended. The officer arrested the driver. The arrestee was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. The arrestee was booked into the Pierce County Jail.  

Incident:  Stolen Vehicle/Arrest – Location:  6300 Bridgeport Wy W

An officer located a stolen vehicle while patrolling the Fred Meyer parking lot. The occupant of the vehicle was arrested and found to be in possession of heroin and methamphetamine. The arrestee also had a confirmed felony warrant. The arrested was transported and booked into jail.  

News and Upcoming Events

Please consider joining us for the community forum on Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Curtis High School Auditorium: ‘What every parent and teen needs to know about fentanyl.’ This information is critically important for our entire community, especially parents and students.  Hope to see you there!

Watch for the Safety Santa and his elves at Green Firs on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from noon – 2 p.m. delivering public safety cheer.

Here are some good reminders from your public safety team as we enter shopping season: Start thinking about package deliveries. Make a plan to avoid leaving packages on your porch for long periods of time. There are some great tips here BBB Tip: 6 steps to avoid package theft.

Stay safe when shopping by following these tips: 

  • Never display or carry large amounts of cash. Use checks, debit or credit cards.
  • Use crossbody purses when possible. Keep wallets, cash, and credit cards in an inside pocket. 
  • Wrap a rubber band around your wallet to make it more difficult for people to grab it. 
  • Do not leave your purse unattended in a cart while shopping. Skilled thieves can take it away in seconds. 
  • Teach your children to ask a store clerk for help if they get separated from you and have a plan for what to do if you become separated. 
  • When returning to your car, put your phone away and pay attention to your surroundings. Keep your head on a swivel. 
  • Have your keys out and ready before you go to the parking lot.
  • Always look inside your car before getting in. Once inside, lock all doors.
  • Call 911 if you spot suspicious activity in the area.

Current Activity Report

University Place Police Activity for the Period of 11/13/2023 through 11/26/2023

Violent Crimes

Property Crimes

Murder00Vehicle Theft84.6
Robbery21.4Vehicle Prowl010.2
Aggravated Assault31.6Theft513.8
Sexual Assault00.4Burglary45.2


All Total Reported Incidents (including those not listed above)5379.8

Selected Calls for Service

Welfare Checks3518
Suspicious Activity2724.8
Unwanted Persons158.8
Total Calls for Service

Trend is based on five-year average for incidents over a two-week period.