A woman was sitting in her car visiting the post office when 28-year-old Daniel Kuchta came up to her car carrying a pitchfork. He allegedly tried to stab her multiple times. At first, she used her purse as a shield to prevent him from hitting her legs. He purportedly stabbed the purse several times, but when he failed to deliver a brutal blow to her legs, he tried to stab her in her chest and neck.
The woman screamed, “Help, he’s trying to kill me!” A witness and construction workers chased the man and held him down until police arrived.
He has now been charged with second-degree assault.
Here is where this story is almost identical to a thousand others in the Puget Sound area
First of all, the alleged assailant told cops he had just done meth before the attack.
Second, he has an attempted murder charge in his history from when he was 17. That was in 2009 in Oregon. He was charged with two misdemeanor assaults and obstruction of a public servant in Tacoma earlier this year, but let out on his own recognizance. I’m sure it will come as a big surprise when I tell you that he didn’t show up for his court date later. He was arrested again in July, but his one-year sentence was suspended, and he was released from the Pierce County Jail on Aug. 1 — four days before the pitchfork attack.
They would much rather figure out the quickest and easiest way to release this guy, put him back on the streets, and then express their shock and disappointment when he kills someone the next time. Our mayor, city council, and prosecutor continue to let our streets get taken over by the drug vagrants in this revolving door of justice.