Neighborhood dispute ends in indecent exposure, drug accusations

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SPANAWAY — A neighborhood dispute turned ugly and now one homeowner is accused of exposing himself and making drugs in his garage.



Spanaway man allegedly wrote messages on his fence for his neighbor to see; part of it contained obscene words and drawings. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

It all started over which direction the boards on a fence would face, but the dispute quickly escalated into insults, neighbors said.

But now the family of Walter Robinson, the man accused of those crimes, is defending his actions.

“My dad’s been here for how long?” said Walter’s daughter, Lori Robinson. “They come in and start tearing apart this house.”

The owners of a home on 8th Avenue East in Spanaway are trying to fix it up and quickly sell it.

But others in the neighborhood say the next-door neighbor, Walter Robinson, is making it anything but easy.

“It’s really sad,” said neighbor Joey Adams. “They’re nice ladies, they just want to make a nice home for a family and they have this kind of stuff to deal with. It’s unfortunate.”

Neighbors say Robinson vandalized his next-door neighbor’s garage door and also spray-painted dirty words on their new fence.

And then police say Robinson exposed himself to neighbors through his front window.

“We had five kids playing in the yard back and forth here,” said Adams. “Luckily we sent them to the back yard. Literally seconds later he came out screaming.”

But Lori said the new homeowners are the ones who are making life difficult.

“She keeps taking pictures through the window,” said Lori. “So, my brother came and was like pounding on the window.”

Neighbors called 911 and police showed up looking for Robinson but they didn’t find him. Detectives said officers then found something else in the garage.

“And then find out he’s extracting THC out of marijuana in his garage,” said detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. “There’s a whole bunch of charges now. He’s the one who got himself into this. He was warned to back off, there’s a restraining order against him, he violated them, and now he’s going to end up in jail on multiple felony counts.”

Court records say Robinson’s family didn’t have any clue as to who was extracting THC, but Lori says her dad has a medical marijuana card and provides pot to others at a discounted price.

“He’s never had anything to do with that,” said Lori. “He has his grow license to provide for people and that’s what he does. That’s all he’s ever done.”

Cops still haven’t caught up to Robinson, who is supposed to show up to court on May 6. If Robinson misses that appearance, a bench warrant could be issued for his arrest.

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  • ᙓᔕᙅO

    That's some strange graffiti going on there, looks like he was on a good one.
    Definitely a great example here on the importance of thinking before acting on anything.

  • Big B.

    I have a terrible neighbor who is 63 years old going on 14… He tries to make our life hell….Well , I thought I needed a hobby so I BOUGHT A DRUMSET and JUST BANG THE HECK out of my drums….My man cave / drumming room is 20 feet south of his bedroom… I play him to sleep EVERY NIGHT…. This is really a nice PEACEFUL way to bond with a meanie.

  • Joe

    Robinson reminds me of the Tasmanian devil with uncontrollable hatred with psychotic rage at anyone who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. The details that set him off this round are irrelevant; he’s clearly totally screwed up beyond repair he’s going to crash and burn and who knows who will be his next victim.

  • Kit

    The crazy neighbor is a pot head loser. Weed makes you stupid. You never hear anything good about that community, but I guess there's a few good folks in Spanaway.

  • respect neighbors

    Walter is a mean old man that is extremely over angry,,,,he's supplementing his extremely horrible life and channeling his anger through drugs and alcohol and expressing his artistic side,,,.
    His wife is a nagging, annoying, lying woman that has raised some horrible bratty kids,they are his step children…….the son is all messed up in the head he was incarcerated for molesting his little sister
    So I guess the old man spray painting graffiti on the neighbors fence, and walking around naked is not too risky for that family…

  • Sandra

    Wait, is this the same Walter who was on Fear Thy Neighbor -Pack Mentality with his wife, Lenda Robinson? Walter shot and killed their neighbor Joe after bad blood developed between the two. In the episode, Walter acts like an innocent person who is an angel and would NEVER instigate anything. I really wonder if it’s him?