Man Who Allegedly Broke Into, Damaged And Was Tasered At Umpqua Bank Charged

David Lee Chesser III was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree malicious mischief. He had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant at the time of his arrest.

Last week, University Place Patch brought you of the news of the man who allegedly broke into Umpqua Bank and caused a vault's worth of damage.

The man - David Lee Chesser II, 35 - was charged in Pierce County Superior Court on suspecion of of second-degree burglary and second-degree malicious mischief. His hearing is tentatively scheduled for next month.

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Here is the Pierce Prosectuor's account of what happened, based on court documents:

On 1/23/2012 University Place Police officers were dispatched to Umpqua Bank on Bridgeport Way regarding a security check. They arrived and were contacted by an employee who stated that he pulled into the parking lot and saw that the doors to the bank had been smashed out. He said he saw a knife and wallet on the ground in front of the doors. Officers saw that both exterior doors had been shattered and saw that inside the bank computer monitors were lying on the floor, tables were overturned and papers were strewn around the floor. Damage was estimated at over $750.00.

Officers checked the bank and found David Chesser lying on the floor behind a teller counter. He was not responsive when officers contacted him. There was some blood on him and there was a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him. The defendant came to while officers were checking on him. One of the officers asked the defendant what happened. The defendant replied, “(expletive) you.”

He was extremely agitated and would not comply with the officer’s commands. Officers eventually had to use a taser on the defendant to get him into compliance so they could handcuff him. The wallet found out front contained the defendant’s military ID. The defendant had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant at the time of his arrest.


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