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UPDATED: Men wielding machetes rob occupants of Puyallup home

UPDATED at 10:15 a.m.

Puyallup police are searching for several men who donned masks and wielded machetes during a home-invasion robbery Tuesday night.

Officers were called to a house in the 300 block of Fourth Street Northeast just after 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. The caller reported several men were in the home and were threatening the occupants., police reported.

The robbers stole a firearm, then left the house as officers arrived in the area. No one was injured.

A police dog found evidence in the neighborhood but not the suspects, police reported.

Investigators suspect the home and its occupants were targeted.

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Last Craigslist killing defendant convicted on all counts

UPDATE: The jury has convicted Clabon Berniard on all counts.

He’d been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree burglary.


The jury has reached a verdict in the last trial connected to a home-invasion robbery that killed an Edgewood father. The verdict is expected to be read as early as 11 a.m.

We will update this post when the verdict is announced.

Clabon Berniard, 24, is the last of four defendants accused in a botched robbery that led to the killing of

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Closing arguments today in last Craigslist killing trial

Attorneys are set to deliver closing arguments this afternoon in the last trial connected to a home invasion shooting last year that killed an Edgewood father.

Prosecutors allege three men and a woman robbed and killed James Sanders the night of April 28, 2010, after he advertised as diamond ring for sale on Craigslist. Three of the defendants have already been convicted and sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack.

Clabon Berniard has pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery charges and maintained that he was not in the Sanders’ home during the robbery.

Berniard’s trial started Aug.

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UPDATED: Jury convicts woman in last year’s Craigslist slaying

A Pierce County jury has convicted a 22-year-old woman accused of taking part in a home-invasion robbery last year that killed an Edgewood father and terrorized his family.

The jury’s verdict was announced this morning. The jurors found Amanda Knight guilty as charged of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree assault.

Knight is scheduled to be sentenced May 13. She faces more than 50 years in prison.

Knight is the second principal defendant to be convicted in the slaying of Jim Sanders, 43. Last month, a different jury convicted Kiyoshi Higashi, 23, of similar charges. He was

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Jurors start deliberations in second Craigslist killing trial

Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of a 22-year-old woman accused in a home-invasion robbery last year during which an Edgewood father was killed.

Prosecutors have charged Amanda Knight with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree assault. She pleaded not guilty.

She’s the second of four defendants to go to trial in the slaying of Jim Sanders, 43. Attorneys delivered closing arguments in the trial this morning.

Knight testified Tuesday that she took part in the crimes only because her co-defendants threatened to hurt her and her family if she didn’t.

Prosecutors allege Knight and Kiyoshi Higashi

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UPDATED: One dead in reported home-invasion robbery in Pierce County

UPDATE (5:35 p.m.): Detectives now believe the second robber accidentally shot his partner in the head, killing him. An autopsy showed the dead man’s gunshot wound was not caused by a shotgun, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said late this afternoon. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the capture of the second man. Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

PREVIOUS POST: One man is dead and another is on the run after an exchange of gunfire during a reported home-invasion robbery this morning in Pierce County.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said one of the suspected robbers

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Deputies investigate two overnight home-invasion robberies in Pierce County

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators are looking into two home-invasion robberies early today. It appears the victims in both cases were targeted.

“There was no indication (either) was random violence,” detective Sgt. Jerry Bates said.

The first robbery occurred just before 1:45 a.m. at a home in the 2300 block of 164th Street East. The suspects kicked in the door and confronted the victims. At least one suspect wielded a gun, Bates said.

At least two victims were injured and taken to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. They were reportedly hit on the head, possibly with a tire iron, Bates said.

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Three men sought in South Tacoma home-invasion robbery

Tacoma police were searching for three men who stole a car after a home-invasion robbery this afternoon in South Tacoma.

No arrests have been reported. None of the occupants of the home were injured, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The robbery occurred just before 1 p.m. Three men entered a home in the 4200 block of South 64th Street through an unlocked back door, Fulghum said. At least two of the robbers wielded guns.

They rounded up the six people inside the home.  There were reports that one of the occupants was handcuffed.  The robbers demanded money, Fulghum said.


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