UPDATE: Pierce County prosecutors dropped charges against Livingstone Kiniaro Kamende in February 2013.
The victim was facing criminal charges in King County on an unrelated case and would not be available for Kamende’s trial in a timely fashion, court records show.
ORIGINAL POST: Two men are accused of robbing a Fife woman at her motel, then assaulting her after she discovered one of them rifling through her purse.
Both were arraigned Wednesday. Faisal Mohammed Ali, 31, pleaded not guilty to second-degree robbery and Livingstone Kiniaro Kamende, 36, pleaded not guilty to unlawful imprisonment and driving while intoxicated.
The incident occurred Aug. 6 at the Royal Coachman Inn in the 5800 block of Pacific Highway East.
When police arrived, the victim told officers she met Kamende when she got in his cab. The Pierce County Auditor said Kamende does not have a taxi car license in the county. His vehicle had Texas license plates.
According to charging papers:
The pair decided to hang out in her motel room and Kamende invited Ali, his cousin.
At some point, the victim came out of the bathroom and saw Ali dumping her purse on the bed and stealing her cell phone. When she confronted him, he punched her twice in the stomach and pulled off her wig.
Ali left the room and Kamende offered to drive her to find him. But inside the car he “flipped out” and began yelling that he wasn’t going to let her get Ali in trouble.
When she tried to get out of the car, Kamende physically restrained her for about a minute while they struggled. The victim was eventually able to break free and return to the motel, where she called police.
Kamende and Ali returned to the motel while officers were taking the report.
Ali appeared to be drunk and dropped the victim’s cell phone from his pocket while digging for identification. He had a warrant for his arrest out of Seattle.
Kamende, also drunk, told police he was concerned the victim may cause a scene because she was upset about her missing cell phone so he told her to stay in the car while he looked for Ali. When he returned, she was gone.
Police also arrested Kamenda and the victim, who had a warrant out for her arrest.