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UPDATED with NEW INFO: Deputies investigate armed robbery in Spanaway; not related to Edgewood homicide

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
April 30, 2010 2:56 pm

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a home invasion-style robbery in Spanaway but do not believe it’s related to a deadly robbery in Edgewood earlier this week.

In today’s incident, two men went to a home in the 1100 block of 151st Street East about 2 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The men claimed they were from a landscaping business.

They forced their way inside and used duct tape to tie up at least three victims. One of the victims was pistol whipped, Troyer said.

The suspects were seen leaving in a brown vehicle that appears to have been stolen. No arrests have been reported and none of the victims have been transported to a hospital for treatment.

Deputies are searching for a fourth victim who appears to have left the home before deputies arrived.

Deputies were at the home in February and found 100 or so marijuana plants, Troyer said. There was a claim that the plants were for medical marijuana purposes.

Investigators suspect today’s incident could have been drug-related, Troyer said.

Based on that and the different descriptions of the suspects, detectives do not believe it’s related to Wednesday night’s home-invasion robbery in Edgewood that killed a 43-year-old husband and father.

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