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Category: Home invasion


Appeals court denies new trial for man convicted of murdering Edgewood resident Jim Sanders

Kiyoshi Higashi wants a new trial. The man who helped plan and carry out the home-invasion robbery in which Edgewood resident Jim Sanders died in 2010 claims Pierce County Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner inappropriately rejected his request to represent himself during his murder trial.

A jury ultimately convicted Higashi, who was represented by court-appointed attorney Michael Jordan, and Buckner sentenced the defendant to nearly 124 years in prison.

In a 3-0 opinion released today, the state Court of Appeals for Division II disagreed that Buckner erred in rejecting Higashi’s bid to go pro se.

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Spanaway woman stabbed in home-invasion robbery is recovering

A 57-year-old Spanaway woman who was stabbed last week during a home-invasion robbery has been downgraded from critical to stable condition, officials said Tuesday.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are still trying to identify the man who broke into the woman’s home, stabbed her and tied her up and fled in her car. He posed as a deliveryman, wearing a brown uniform and carrying a box.

The attack occurred just before 10 a.m. Friday in the 19600 block of 15th Avenue Court East. The woman, who was bound at her hands and feet, was able to get to a neighbor’s house

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Spanaway woman in critical condition after being stabbed by robber

UPDATE as of 12:30 p.m.: Troyer said the woman, though duct-taped at both the hands and feet, managed to make her way to her neighbor’s house, where the residents called 911 at 9:55 a.m. The robber is described as a short, Hispanic man wearing a brown uniform.

A K-9 track came up with negative results, Troyer said. It is unknown whether the robber had an accomplice.

There were reports of similar robberies last year around the holidays, Troyer said, but none of them turned violent.

“This one did. That concerns us,” he said. The woman currently is in surgery.

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Fugitive wanted for home invasion robbery found hiding in Tacoma

A fugitive wanted for assaulting an elderly couple in Mason County during a home invasion robbery was arrested Thursday in Tacoma, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshal’s apprehension task force found Robert Michal about 5:20 p.m. at a home near S. 72nd Street and S. Sheridan Avenue and took him into custody.

Officials had said Michal may be living in Orting, but he told agents that he had been sleeping in Wright Park and wearing a hat and wig as a disguise.

Michal is the last of three men arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Lilliwaup. Authorities found

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Police makes arrests related to home invasion robberies that appeared to target Asian families

Authorities arrested multiple people this afternoon as part of an investigation into a number of home invasion robberies that began in December and appeared to target Asian families, Tacoma police said.

Detectives and SWAT teams from Tacoma and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants on four places, police said.

Those warrants were related to the investigation, as well as other drug-related and weapon-related crimes, police said.

All arrested suspects have local gang ties, police said.

They are all Asian, and appeared to target Asian families known to have valuables in their homes, police said.

Authorities expect to make more arrests

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Tacoma homeowner pistol-whipped during home invasion robbery

A Tacoma man was pistol-whipped multiple times Thursday during a home invasion robbery.

The 55-year-old homeowner was sleeping about 7:40 a.m. when he heard somebody break into his house in the 3500 block of S. Monroe Street.

Two armed men busted into his bedroom and repeatedly hit him in the head with a revolver, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The suspects ransacked the house and escaped with money, jewelry and a cell phone. The victim called police about 9:45 a.m. to report the assault. He told officers he wasn’t immediately able to call 911 because he wasn’t able to

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Tacoma resident shoots and wounds break-in suspect during attempted home invasion

A Tacoma resident in the 600 block of North Pine Street early Saturday morning shot a and wounded a man who reportedly was trying to break into his home.

The break-in suspect did not heed warnings that the homeowner was carrying a gun, Tacoma police said.

The suspect suffered a non-lethal wound and was taken to a hospital for medical care. Police detectives are following up on the case over the next several days.

Police said the husband and wife who live in the home were awakened about 2:10 a.m. to the sound of someone trying to break through their

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Robbers at large after South End Tacoma home invasion

Two armed men broken into the home of a Tacoma couple Thursday evening and held them hostage for nearly three hours while they ransacked the home.

KIRO TV identified the victims as Remegio and Norma Fernandez, who said they were watching TV at about 6:40 p.m. when two men smashed in a glass door in the back of their house on South Ainsworth Avenue and 76th Street.

Both men were wearing bandannas and armed with a handgun, the couple said. The intruders held them hostage at gunpoint for nearly three hours while they conducted a destructive search for valuables. They

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