Daycare worker assaulted as she opens business

TACOMA — A woman was brutally attacked as she was opening a daycare center shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday.

The woman was opening the Tender Heart Learning Center in the 8200 block of Pacific Avenue South when she said a man wanted to use the  phone in the building. She complied, and the man hit her several times in the face and head before another employee arrived and stopped the attack.

The woman sustained fairly severe injuries and was taken to the hospital. Police have been unable to talk with her as she is being treated for her injuries.

tender heart daycareK-9 units looked for the suspect, but they were not been able to locate him.

The suspect is described as a black male with a short Afro and narrow face and is 5-feet, 6-inches tall. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact police.

The attack prompted another nearby daycare to make changes to its policy when they open up in the morning. Parents of children who usually use the daycare were in shock when they heard about the alleged attack.

“We pulled up to the daycare, and we saw it was completely surrounded by police and blocked off with tape,” said local parent Katelyn Royer.

Parents said they’re still nervous about the attack happening where their children learn and play.

“It’s very unnerving,” Royer said. “I mean, I don’t know if I’m going to be prepared to take my daughter back at the end of the week.”

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5 comments

  • Mr Holmes

    Terrible what happenned. I wonder what his motive was. I dont think it was robery cause it doesnt say anything about it. Im thinking if something like this would happen with no robery, maybe a childs parent or friend of a parent of a child that was mistreated. Cant blame this on insanity its too clean, just assault with no robery there is a motive there somewhere

  • Elizabeth

    that is very sad.My prayers go out to the victim and her family.I live close by and my daughter goes to that daycare.I was driving this morning and saw a lot of plicemen.I thought something bad had happened to the children.I hope the catch the fricken coward who did this.

  • BWA

    "He was just trying to rape her,…" JUST??? there is no 'just' involved in rape… it is not a minimal or excusable crime. Using 'just' implies lack of concern. Whatever the motivation I hope the victim is ok and will be able to (emotionally and physically) return to work when they are ready.


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