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Woman found dead in University Place; Amber Alert issued for 9-month-old

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm with 24 Comments »
October 31, 2011 11:03 pm

UPDATED: 8:25 p.m.

A woman was found dead today in a University Place home, and her 9-month-old daughter is missing, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. An AMBER Alert was issued just before 7 p.m. today.

Joseph Lester
Police are looking for 23-year-old Joseph Lester. He is driving a blue or purple 1992 Chevrolet Caprice with the license plate ADP3753. The car has a loud exhaust system and large rims, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Lester is a 5-foot, 8-inch black male. He weighs about 155 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, which he wears in braids.

“At this point, we have a homicide suspect on the run with a 9-month-old girl. We’re after him and he knows it,” sheriff’s department spokesman Ed Troyer said tonight.

Today’s stabbing occurred at a duplex in the 6000 block of 57th Avenue West near a golf course.

Neighbors say the victim’s boyfriend, who is a suspect in the slaying, dropped her off at the house earlier this evening. She exited the vehicle yelling, “He’s killing me,” they said. They said she died inside the home.

The victim’s family said she was two to three months pregnant.

Neighbors said there was a stabbing involving the couple at the home within the last month, and some were concerned by the victim’s friends.

“I had nothing against the girl,” said Daniel Roscoe, who lives across the street from the duplex, “just the people she brought around.”

A woman who lived in the neighborhood and has known the victim for years said she was unaware of any trouble between the couple.

The woman, who did not want to be publicly identified, stood by the crime scene tape, watching the scene unfold. She was reluctant to speak about her friend and was visibly upset, with tears in her eyes.

“It’s crazy how fast you can be gone,” she said.

Court records show Joseph Lester has been convicted of felonies three times.

In June 2010, Lester snatched a purse from a woman before leaving with another individual in his car. Lester pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and was sentenced to six months of home detention in January.

In late July 2006, Lester and another individual robbed two people by gunpoint on two separate occasions within an hour of each other, records show.

Lester was convicted of first-degree robbery and first-degree attempted robbery and was sentenced to 4½ years in prison, records show.

In 2004, as a juvenile, Lester was convicted of possessing stolen property.

Staff writers Kathleen Cooper, Christian Hill and Kate McEntee contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. We will post more information as soon as it’s available.

Leave a comment Comments → 24
  1. Don’t we usually get a description of a car with an amber alert?

  2. PolarBear53 says:


  3. Harley5212001 says:

    amber alert forthcoming: Time is very important….still waiting!

  4. retired80 says:

    Where is the father of the child?

  5. fivecardstud says:

    blue or purplish 1992 Chevrolet Caprice with the license plate ADP3753. The car reportedly has a loud exhaust system and large rims.

  6. m9078jk3 says:

    Michael Myers has escaped

  7. PolarBear53 says:

    I’ve seen this car before. It stands out like a turd.

  8. fivecardstud says:

    PolarBear53 He reminds me of one too.

  9. Hide you kids, hide you wife.

  10. weethepeople says:

    Joe’s got some ‘splian’n to do. Hope they catch up with him before he hurts the child.

  11. fivecardstud says:

    He’s probably part of the Maurice Clemmons family.

  12. JimmyEOlson says:

    That’s odd, he doesn’t look dangerous.

  13. serendipity says:

    This is so sad. Again, women need to do a background check on any man they get involved with. If he has assaulted anyone before, he will do it again. Background checks women!

  14. I wonder how many convictions mr lester has racked up 23 years. Shall
    we again debate the liberal laws that permit this guy to be out and about in his purplecoonscooter.

  15. LittleBantyRooster says:

    Another Pathetic event. Sad.

  16. m9078jk3 says:

    You have to have at least one lunatic doing stabbings on Halloween.It’s traditional.Halloween night is not over rather the lunacy is just starting.Be afraid.

  17. saywhat253 says:

    only witness is 9 months and she aint talkn!

  18. there you go, three felonies !

  19. Nice guy. The tear drop tattoo next to his eye is a prison tattoo associated with the death of a bro while in prison. Is he still on DOC supervision? DOC (Dept of Corrections) should have info on his hangouts and friends.

  20. Smoke_42 says:

    We need to have a Prison systom like the Russians,they take no crap period. from their inmates,they are 100 times harder than ours,u do the crime,u do hard time,no Disney Land like here!!!

  21. Tragic! I am tired of these stories! My condolences to the family and I hope that they find the baby safe and unharmed and also the three year old. WHAT did she see in him?!? He looks like one sorry messed up loser.

  22. ZombieLatics says:

    I wish he’d take out a few of you internet tough guy posters before they catch him…you sissies. Talk talk talk. And as far as a background check goes, I can look at him, see the tat,and know he’s bad news. If women stopped liking “bad boys” we’d all be a bit better off.

  23. The suspect, identified by police as Joseph Lester, fled the scene in a dark blue, 1992 Chevrolet Caprice with “large rims and a loud exhaust,” says a release. The vehicle license plate is ADP3753.

  24. Zmonster06 says:

    I think this is just another case of a man growing up in a world where he is discriminated against because of the color of his skin and was never allowed to have an opportunity to earn an honest living. 31 Oct 9:53 p.m

    So now that the crak has worn off,.. how do we get rid of this dirtbag?

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