A The Suburban Times reader asked the following questions: “I was at a parking lot at the corner of Bridgeport Way and Lakewood Drive (east entrance to Lakewood Towne Centre) around 3:10pm Saturday when at least 10 police vehicles entered the Centre all at a high rate of speed, lights, sirens. Don’t know where they were heading; but with 10 officers –at least — it must have been important.”
From Lt. Chris Lawler of the Lakewood Police Department:
On 12-14-13, at 3:06PM, a 41 year old male inside the 5 Guys Burgers Restaurant at the Lakewood Towne Center got into a verbal argument with his 38 year old fiancée. She left the restaurant and went outside. The male yelled to all the patrons to get out of the building and that he had a gun. No gun was ever seen and no one was assaulted. This created a panic in the restaurant and all the customers fled outside. Police arrived almost immediately and surrounded the business. The male was called out via a PA system in a patrol car and he immediately complied and surrendered. The male did not make a statement, but appeared to be intoxicated. No weapon was found or was involved at any time. Subject was booked into the Pierce County Jail.