Suspect stabbed in attempted home invasion

The attempted robbery happened just before midnight last night on South Ferry Street in Tacoma.

TACOMA, Wash. — A family fought off a man trying to force his way into their home, a confrontation that ended with the man heading to the hospital.

Neighbors spoke out about why crimes like this are becoming less common.

This attempted robbery happened just before midnight Saturday on South Ferry Street in Tacoma.

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A man who lives in the house may have suffered a heart attack, too.

It is the talk of this Central Tacoma neighborhood.

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"I pulled up my police blotter, downloaded the app for the police blotter," said neighbor Kevin Davis, "and managed to find (Tacoma) Fire and Rescue One. And I heard something about at Ferry Street and 10th, a stabbing."

Davis had just come home from a Halloween party when he says he saw a big police presence not far from his house.

"I was pretty surprised, honestly," said Davis. "We've had, like, a fire in the backyard at someone's house a few weeks ago. But we've lived here a couple of years, and this is the first time we've had that much police response to anything."

What he saw was an array of first responders answering 911 calls that began coming in just before midnight.

Tacoma police say a man tried to break into a house in the 1000 block of South Ferry Street. But he didn't get far.

A neighbor overheard a woman telling detectives she "had to stab him." The suspect was soon loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.

A man who answered the door said the suspect demanded money. But he declined to talk on camera, and someone inside the house told him to close the door.

Like his neighbors, Chad Larcom said he wasn't expecting anything like this.

"Little surprising," said Larcom.

This neighborhood he moved to a year ago is increasingly home to those who have been priced out of Seattle's housing market.  A community garden is an indication that they are putting down roots in the City of Destiny.

"You know, you hear about some stuff over in Hilltop," Larcom said. "But not so much down this way."

The same is being said about the Hilltop, too.

As for what happened Saturday night, police say a man living in the house may have suffered a heart attack.

Police say the suspect will be booked into the Pierce County Jail when he is released from the hospital.