Woman robbed at knifepoint in Tacoma



TACOMA, Wash. - A woman was robbed at knifepoint in the driveway of her South Tacoma home Thursday afternoon, police said.


The incident happened when Debbie Beck was getting out of her vehicle and a man approached her car around noon.


KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Dubois spoke with Beck about the attack.


“He knocked on the window,” said Beck.


After Beck rolled down her window, the man pulled out a knife.


“He had a paring knife, and he stuck it up to my neck and kept moving it, and said, ‘I want your wallet.’ And then he pressed it in a little harder,” Beck said. “And I just reached over there and gave it to him.”


After the man took her wallet, which had $300 in cash, the man fled the scene.


Beck said the money the man took was going to be used to purchase Christmas presents for her 7-year-old daughter, Jayshayna.


The loss for Beck is much worse than money in her wallet.


“Just looking at anybody coming toward my car, just scares me,” Beck said. “My life’s just been, kind of tired.”


Beck told KIRO 7 that she has ovarian cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. She recently went to the doctor for a pain in her side.


“I do have cancer. Then I have a tumor the size of a grapefruit on my right side,” Beck said.


Beck is hoping police catch the man who robbed her.


“He can have the money, but you’re taking it from a person, a little girl that needed a Christmas, you know,” Beck said.


The man is described as white, in his late 30s, unshaven and was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt.


The Tacoma Police Department is still investigating the robbery.