Tacoma police need your help finding six-time felon Tino Sabala, who shamefully abused an 84-year-old man. He lied to the victim, claiming he hit his car and needed to pay him. Sabala forced the elderly man to drive to a Money Tree to take out more than $2,000 then to Nordstrom where he made the victim buy more than a $1,000 worth of shoes for him. All total, Sabala scammed the man out of $3,714.09. He pled guilty to extortion in the second degree, theft in the second degree and theft in the third degree but never showed up in court for sentencing.
“This is a man who’s fairly large in size compared to the victim,” said Tacoma Police Officer Loretta Cool. “Not only did he compel the man to give him money for an accident that didn’t really happen, he put the threat of this gentleman losing his license into the victim’s mind. I don’t know that there’s anything more shameful than a grown man taking advantage of somebody who can’t protect himself. I’d certainly love to see this person captured. I’d love to see him actually serve out the sentence that he pled guilty to.”
Sabala’s criminal history is 45-pages long. He is 6’0” tall and weighs 240 pounds. Jail records show he uses at least 14 fake names. He has tattoos with the names “Molly” and “Donna” on the right side of his neck. Sabala is facing a sentencing range of 43-57 months in prison. If you know where he’s hiding, call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1 (800) 222-tips. All calls are anonymous and you will be paid a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Washington’s Most Wanted airs every Friday night at 9:30 p.m. on JOE TV and 11 p.m. on Q13FOX.