TACOMA, Washing. – Authorities say security guard found dead in downtown Tacoma was severely beaten by a US Army Ranger after trying to prevent the drunk man from entering a building , according to court documents.
Pierce County prosecutors on Friday charged Patrick Byrne, 26, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, with two counts of first degree murder, first degree burglary and two counts of first degree kidnapping. It was not immediately clear if Byrne had a lawyer.
The 41-year-old victim has not been publicly identified. She was found around 6:10 a.m. Sunday in the lobby of a building where she had recently started working.
“Detectives who subsequently examined the victim reported that the victim was unrecognizable due to the seriousness of the injuries inflicted on him,” prosecutors wrote in the prosecution documents.
According to prosecution documents, Byrne was drinking with friends in downtown Tacoma and got into a fight at a bar where he was punched in the face. He then left the bar and walked towards the building.
Authorities say Byrne approached the front door and the security guard waved him away. Since he didn’t, the security guard opened the front door and Byrne tried to walk past her. The security guard grabbed his shirt to arrest him.
It was then that he started beating her for 8 to 10 minutes, according to records.
“During this time, the accused repeatedly hit the victim with his fists, and he grabbed her by her braid and” dragged her like a rag doll “”, prosecutors wrote in documents in the ‘charge.
Byrne told detectives he did not recall the attack, authorities said.
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