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UPDATED: Police investigating home-invasion robbery in Northeast Tacoma

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 24, 2012 at 5:48 am with 14 Comments »
May 24, 2012 1:43 pm

UPDATED at 1:43 p.m.

Tacoma police are searching for three men who held seven members of a family at gunpoint and ransacked their Northeast Tacoma home overnight.

Officers reported that the suspects kicked in the front door of the house in the 3700 block of 50th Avenue Northeast sometime after 1:30 a.m. while the four adults and three children were sleeping.

Two of the suspects had semi-automatic handguns. One wore a mask. Another had the hood of his sweatshirt cinched up tight around his face, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The family members didn’t get a good look at the third suspect.

The intruders rounded up members of the family – two men, two women, an 11-year-old girl, 8-year-old boy and 9-month-old – and brought them into the living room, police reported.

One of the victims grabbed a homemade machete but the suspects quickly took it away.

The suspects demanded the victims’ purses and cash. They knocked over a TV entertainment center and ransacked a couple of bedrooms as they searched for any hidden cash, police reported.

“They kept asking for money, but we don’t have (anything),” one resident told KIRO.

The suspects left in their vehicle after less than 10 minutes. Fulghum said they got “very little” in cash.

None of the family members were injured.

Investigators were looking into whether the robbers targeted the house for a specific reason.

“Obviously, they picked this house,” Fulghum said. “(But) based on fact that they got little money, we don’t know how much planning the suspects did.”

Detectives were looking into whether the intruders could be responsible for any other home-invasion robberies recently in Tacoma. They’ll also talk with the robbery detectives from surrounding law enforcement agencies at their monthly robbery meeting.

Earlier this month, two men busted into the South Tacoma home of a husband and wife, held them hostage for three hours at gunpoint and took their jewelry, electronics and cash meant for a family vacation.

The intruders wore blue bandanas over their faces and appeared to be communicating with someone outside the house during the May 10 heist. They were vaguely described as 20 to 30 years old and not Caucasian and not black.

Fulghum said detectives were comparing notes from the overnight robbery to the May 10 robbery.

“They are talking about it,” he said. “But it sounds like there are more differences than similarities.”

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. AntiMisRE says:

    Probably some early releasers. Taxes are not always bad. We need to fund essential services like jails and mental health. Get these individuals off the streets.

  2. gonefishin69690 says:

    That’s why I’m armed

  3. Carrying your gun in your sleep? Keeping it loaded and not locked up?

    I see headlines in the making

  4. gonefishin69690 says:

    I do too, “Intruder shot during home invasion – saves taxpayers thousands”

  5. ezell_family says:

    Are these the same freaks that held the couple at gunpoint a few weeks ago??

  6. ItalianSpring says:

    Well at least there weren’t any fires, and that ain’t bad.

  7. ruledbysun says:

    Not that its an excuse, but there needs to be more jobs for these kids. They are getting desperate and going crazy…

  8. Horsehair43 says:

    The problem is this is becoming more and more common. We need to catch a few of these bastards, hang them up in the park and let the good folks stone them to death! Yes i’m serious.

  9. fanciladi says:

    Jobs…yes, but I have a strong feeling these jerks wouldn’t work at a job…JERKS!!!

  10. Find them and kill them, splatter their guts all over the wall. Yes it really is that simple.

  11. BlaineCGarver says:

    “Intruders should be shot. Survivors should be shot again.

  12. ceasar88 says:

    The idea that these creeps committed a crime like this one because they could not find jobs is wrong. People might shoplift, or write a bad check or something because they cannot find a job. Decent people do not join together in a gang, plan and carry out a home invasion robbery because they can’t find a job. They do that crime because they are terrible people. And if someone is able to shoot them in the act, good deal. It’s a terrible crime, punishable by death at the common law and should be severly punished today. There people are extremely dangerous, terrible people.

  13. serendipity says:

    Class war! Drug war! Class split! Legalize drugs like Amsterdam and let them go at it because this problem is not going to go away. Give them a place to either overdose or the option of treatment. Only one in 36 ever recover.

    Stop trying to control addicts! Thank goodness this family was not killed.

  14. veritatem says:

    There is an amazing level of anger, frustration, fear and outrage expressed here, and in other posts dealing with home invasion. If a family cannot be safe in their own home, where can they be safe? Comments like “hang them in the park”, and “splatter their guts all over the wall” show how exasperated people are.

    I believe that there should be a one strike and you’re out law for home invasion. Anyone convicted of breaking into a home, armed with a deadly weapon, while occupants are present, should get life in prison without the possibility of parole. An incentive for them to kill the occupants, as they will be going to prison for life, you say? More liberal use of the death penalty for murder.

    I don’t care what kind of childhood someone had, or how nice, but misunderstood, they may be according to friends who post in these blogs. If you break into someone else’s home with a weapon, you deserve to be shot and killed by the homeowner. While there is ongoing debate about stand your ground laws, the castle doctrine (that you have the absolute right to shoot and kill an intruder who threatens you in your house) must remain sacrosanct.

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