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UPDATED: Man wanted in South Hill burglary now in custody

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 10, 2012 at 7:39 am |
April 10, 2012 2:05 pm
Joshua Baker/Courtesy of Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers

UPDATED at 2:05 p.m.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 27-year-old man wanted in connection with last week’s deadly shooting during a burglary inside a South Hill home.

Joshua Baker was booked into Pierce County Jail on Monday night. Prosecutors had previously charged him with first-degree burglary, attempted second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Baker pleaded not guilty to the charges this afternoon. He was ordered held in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Investigators say Baker and Kevin Fernandes, 21, broke into the home of a retired Puyallup police officer last Wednesday. Two others waited outside.

The former officer confronted the two intruders and fired at them after one raised a crowbar, court documents state.

Both Baker and Fernandes were hit and ran from the house. They got into the bed of a pickup truck, which sped off.

Fernandes died of his injuries a short time later.

Baker and the other two alleged to be involved – Malinda Knight and Kyle Anderson – were charged Friday. Knight and Anderson pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon.

Baker was arrested Monday night after he showed up at a local hospital, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Baker received treatment for the gunshot wound he suffered in the burglary, then was taken to jail, Troyer added.

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