Apparently not. Apparently, this was all an elaborate hoax to promote some new goddamn Bieber video in which the silky-smooth Canadian takes his auto-tune machine in the pool.
I'll speak for Tacoma on this one: Go fuck yourself, Biebs.
Did Bieber know this stunt would make a city already trying desperately to crawl out from underneath years of bad headlines and Hilltop drive-by shootings the butt of yet another crime joke? Did he know people would instantly believe his story, simply because people outside of T-Town are always more than comfortable to believe the worst about the city?
I can't say for certain. But what I can say is this ridiculous publicity stunt put the words "Tacoma" and "crime," together yet again in the eyes of the world. It made Tacoma the punch line of a bad joke one more time. It rubbed Tacoma's face in shit one more time, for nothing more than the payoff of hyping a video that needed no hype.