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September 6, 2011 7:48 AM

One arrested, four sought in home invasion robbery in Seattle

Posted by Nick Provenza

A man was arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery Monday in south Seattle. Police are searching for four other suspects.

A teen, 17, was alone at his home in the 4200 block of South Rose Court about 1:30 p.m. when two women, who had been at his home the previous night at a party, knocked on his front door, according to police.

They told him they left a phone charger there. Then three men, wearing red bandannas over their faces, entered the home and told the teen to get down on the floor. One of the suspects struck the victim in the head with a pistol, police said.

The suspects ransacked two bedrooms after kicking in locked doors. The victim escaped and ran to a neighbor's house and called police. The suspects then fled.

Later Monday police saw a car with a broken tail light parked at Rainier Avenue South and South Edmunds Street and one of several men near the car matched the description of one of those involved in the home invasion robbery, said police.

All but one of the men fled. The one who remained was wearing clothes similar to those worn by the suspects, and had a red bandanna in his back pocket, police said.

The 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody and later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

Police believe the vehicle might have been used in several recent burglaries and the car was impounded. The case is under investigation.

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August 22, 2011 9:15 PM

Seward Park woman robbed in her home by 3 armed men

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A woman returning to her Seward Park home Monday afternoon was confronted by three armed robbers who stole her jewelry and car keys.

The suspects followed the woman into her garage as she pulled in shortly before 5 p.m. Police said it appeared the men were casing her home, in the 4700 block of Lake Washington Boulevard South, for a possible burglary when she drove up.

The woman, who was in her 60s, was not injured, according to Seattle police Detective Jeff Kappel.

The suspects, black men in their 20s, were last seen heading south on Lake Washington Boulevard in a maroon four-door sedan. One was wearing a white shirt, tie and dark slacks. Police believe he may have been well-dressed to gain possible entry to homes as he cased them out.

The other two wore dark clothing and hoodies.

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August 19, 2011 5:51 AM

Man assaulted in home-invasion robbery in Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

A Beacon Hill man told Seattle police four people forced their way into his home Thursday night, assaulted him and stole several items.

The victim said a woman knocked at the door of his home in the 2100 block of Beacon Avenue South around 9 p.m. and asked if she could use the phone. Three men then forced their way inside and began assaulting the victim, police said.


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The victim was tied up and pistol-whipped. He told police his house was ransacked and a wallet, a laptop computer and prescription drugs were taken. All four then fled.

The victim went to a hospital, where he was treated for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. Hospital personnel called 911 and officers responded and questioned the victim.

The victim provided sketchy descriptions of the suspects, who he said were in their 20s.

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May 4, 2011 1:25 PM

Seattle police investigate home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police say two men walked into a woman's home Wednesday morning and held her at gunpoint while they stole a large amount of jewelry, cash and two firearms.

The victim, a 74-year-old woman, said the two men walked into her home in the 1000 block of Fulton Street through an open back door around 8:30 a.m. She said the men had plastic zip-ties and one was armed with a small black pistol.

The woman called 911 once the men left. She was not injured.

Police searched the area but didn't find any suspects.


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April 20, 2011 9:31 AM

Suspect arrested in North Seattle home invasion

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police on Tuesday arrested one of two men suspected of a violent home-invasion robbery on April 5 in the 2200 block of Northeast 88th Street.


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According to police, a man knocked on a door at a trailer home at 7:45 p.m. and asked a woman in the home if her mother was home. Suddenly, the front door glass was broken out and the man reached inside and unlocked the door.

The intruder pointed a shotgun at the woman's boyfriend and demanded specific items from the couple. Another suspect then walked in carrying a crowbar-like tool, police said. A second woman inside the home was struck with the butt of the shotgun. The shotgun discharged, but no one was hit.

After the woman who had answered the door ran outside screaming for help, the two intruders left in a red Honda Civic, which turned out to be stolen. They didn't take anything, police said.

Robbery detectives learned one of the suspects was in a home in Burien and set up surveillance. At about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, police watched the suspect leave the house and he was arrested without incident.

The 43-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail.

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March 9, 2011 5:48 AM

Federal Way police say home invasion likely not random

Posted by John de Leon

Federal Way police say a home-invasion robbery early Wednesday morning does not appear to be random.

Police were called to a home in the 500 block of South 330th Place around 12:30 a.m. One of the victims told officers several armed people had forced their way into the home and assaulted one of the occupants.


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The robbers fled in a vehicle and one of the victims chased them in his own car, police said. The suspects' vehicle crashed just north of Puyallup and Pierce County sheriff's deputies were able to track down and arrest two women, one man and a teenage boy and girl.

The occupants of the home -- a man and woman and two children -- were not seriously injured, police said.

Federal Way police are trying to determine the possible connection between the victims and the suspects. Police are also trying to determine the motive for the robbery.

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January 10, 2011 5:56 AM

WestSeattleBlog: Two attacked during home invasion

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE at 9:312 a.m.: Seattle police have posted this update on the home-invasion robbery. Turns out a wallet was taken from the home.

Two people in ski masks broke into a home in West Seattle and assaulted two occupants on Sunday night, according to our news partners at WestSeattleBlog.com

The home-invasion attack occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 8800 block of 16th Avenue Southwest. SPD Lt. Alan Williams tells WestSeattleBlog.com that two people armed with handguns forced their way into the house and kicked one occupant and struck a second with a handgun.


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A third person in the house apparently scared off the attackers by running out of the house to call police.

It wasn't immediately clear if anything was taken.

One of the victims was taken to a hospital for treatment while the second declined medical attention, WestSeattleBlog.com reports.

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January 7, 2011 10:18 AM

SPD: Woman robbed in her North Seattle home

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police are investigating a home-invasion robbery early Friday morning in the 2000 block of Northeast 96th Street.


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At about 2:30 a.m., a woman called 911 to report that a man in a black mask and armed with a hammer or mallet forced his way into her home and tied her up. The woman was eventually able to free herself and call 911; by that time the man had fled.

The woman was not injured, police said. A police account did not indicate what, if anything, was taken from her home.

Police searched the area but didn't find a suspect.

Police only have a vague description of the man, who is believed to be in his 30s, heavy set and also wore a dark-colored jacket.

Anyone with any information on the robbery is asked to call 206-684-5535.

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January 3, 2011 11:07 AM

UPDATE: Shoreline man, 92, robbed, chews through tape to get free

Posted by Nick Provenza

UPDATE on Jan. 3, 2011: The victim's pickup was found abandoned in Lynnwood on Dec. 31, King County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said. No arrests have been made.

HERE IS THE ORIGINAL BLOTTER POST FROM DEC. 28: A 92-year-old Shoreline man was duped into letting two men in their 20s into his house on Monday, and was robbed and tied to a chair with masking tape, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

It took the man over an hour to chew through the tape and free himself, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart. Other than some bruises, the man was not hurt.

Around 11 a.m., the man -- who lives alone in the same house where he's lived for 35 years -- answered a knock at the door, Urquhart said. Two young men told him their car had broken down and asked to use the phone, Urquhart said.

The man allowed the two inside and sat in a kitchen chair while one of the younger men used the bathroom, Urquhart said. When he came out, the man and his accomplice used masking tape to tape the homeowner to the chair.

The two spent over an hour rifling through the older man's possessions, eventually leaving with $400 cash and stealing the man's gold, 2000 Ford R-10 pickup with Washington license plate number B34861L. The truck, which has not been found, has a silver bulldog on the hood.

Anyone who sees the stolen truck or knows anything about the crime is asked to call 911 or 206-296-3311.

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December 10, 2010 3:50 PM

Suspect arrested in 2009 home-invasion robbery in North Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Mike Carter:

Police and federal agents on Friday arrested a man in connection with a 2009 home-invasion robbery.

The U.S. Marshals Service's fugitive apprehension task force arrested Corinthian Ivan Cunningham without incident in North Seattle.

Police have identified Cunningham as a known gang member and one of several men who forced their way into a Maple Leaf home on Sept. 19 and pistol-whipped the owner before stealing more than $5,000 in cash and unidentified property.

The investigation led task force investigators to believe Cunningham had fled to Missouri before returning to the Seattle area. 

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November 23, 2010 12:07 PM

Man shot during Marysville home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

A man was shot early Tuesday morning during a home-invasion robbery at a home in Marysville. The victim, 47, is being treated at Providence General Medical Center in Everett and is expected to survive, police said.

According to Marysville police, the victim and two women, ages 26 and 19, were at a home in the 3200 block of Sunnyside Boulevard just after 2 a.m. when someone knocked on the front door and then started to kick their way inside. The victim, who was armed with a handgun, was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the intruders.

Police tried to track the intruders but were unsuccessful. Police believe up to three people were involved in the home-invasion robbery.

Detectives say the home was likely targeted.

"We are very comfortable stating this was not a random home-invasion robbery and there is no additional concern of threat to our law abiding community members," Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said in a news release.


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October 20, 2010 10:40 AM

Sketches: Men wanted in Everett home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon


EVERETT POLICE DEPARTMENT SKETCH

Second man wanted in Everett home-invasion robbery.


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Sketch of one of two men involved in home-invasion robbery Oct. 2 in Everett.

The Everett Police Department has released sketches of two men wanted in connection with a home-invasion robbery earlier this month.

At about 4:10 a.m. on Oct. 2, two men kicked in the front door of an apartment at 702 W. Casino Road and forced open the victim's bedroom doors while he and his girlfriend were inside. During the robbery the men repeatedly asked where the money was located while they rummaged through the apartment. The victims, who had recently moved into the apartment, had no idea what the suspects were talking about.

The men eventually left the apartment after not finding what they were looking for.

One of the men described as white, 25 to 30 years old, about 5-feet-6, 190 pounds and clean shaven. The second man is light-skinned, possible mixed-race, 30 to 35 years old. He is approximately 6 feet all and 190 pounds, with acne scars on his face.

Both suspects were wearing all black clothing with black knit caps.

Police say the men may have been driving a light-colored 1990s Mazda B2000 pickup with two different type rims on the passenger side front and rear wheels. There was an over-the-bed style box in the truck bed.

Anyone with information on the men are asked to call 911 or the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at 425-257-8450.

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September 28, 2010 12:09 PM

UPDATE: Home invasion robbery in South Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police have released more information on the home invasion robbery Tuesday morning in South Seattle:

Police say two to four men, armed with handguns, entered the home in the 3900 block of South Graham Street around 10:30 a.m. and confronted an adult woman and small child.

During the robbery the child became scared and hid in a closet. The men took various items from the home and then left in one, or possibly two vehicles. There were no reported injuries.

Police are still looking for the four men, believed to be in their 20s.


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Police are looking for two armed suspects following a home-invasion robbery Tuesday morning in the 3900 block of South Graham Street, according to our news partners at KING-TV.

KING-TV says a 5-year-old child was in the house and hid in the closet while the child's grandmother went to Aki Kurose Middle School to report the robbery. Neither was hurt.

We'll update this post as soon as we have more information.

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September 7, 2010 2:58 PM

2 charged in West Seattle home-invasion robbery

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Two South King County men arrested last week in connection with a home-invasion robbery during the early morning hours of Aug. 26 were charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

According to Seattle police, George Augustine, 37, of Federal Way, and Sean Oie, 45, of Burien, forced their way into a woman's house in the 7900 block of 4th Avenue Southwest, in the Highland Park neighborhood. They pointed a pistol at the woman, her roommate and her roommate's girlfriend, bound their ankles and wrists with duct tape and placed duct tape over their mouths and eyes, according to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court.

The home was ransacked, and the female homeowner was ordered to open a safe in her bedroom so the thieves could make off with two guns and about $10,000 worth of jewelry, charging papers said. The suspects stole television sets, credit cards, passports, cellphones, computers, DVD players, eight rifles and two cars, charges said.

Nobody was seriously hurt.

When police arrived at the home, the female homeowner said that one of the suspects had knocked on her door on Aug. 23 and asked for her husband. She said that she told the man that her husband was in a long-term care facility and no longer in the home, charging papers said.

Seattle police released images of the suspects to the media on Aug. 27 and tipster identified Augustine. When Augustine's wife and mother-in-law told him to turn himself in he refused, saying that a conviction would be his "third-strike" and result in a lifetime prison sentence, charging papers said.

Police identified Oie through Augustine'scell phone and discovered that he's the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims. After his arrest, charging papers say, Augustine told police that Oie planned out the crime with the help of his ex-girlfriend, the woman who was dating the homeowner's roommate.

Deputy Prosecutor Samantha Kanner, in charging documents, said that Augustine has prior convictions for possession of stolen property, drug possession, forgery, robbery and theft. Kanner said that if he is convicted on the new charges he would spend life in prison under the three-strikes law.

Kanner said that Oie has prior convictions for possession of stolen property, drug possession, assault and theft.

Both men are being held at the King County Jail on $1 million bail.

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August 30, 2010 11:45 AM

PHOTOS: Suspects sought in Vashon Island home invasion

Posted by John de Leon


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Two men wanted in connection with an Aug. 19 home-invasion robbery on Vashon Island.

The King County Sheriff's Office has released these surveillance photos of two men wanted in connection with a home-invasion robbery on Vashon Island earlier this month. The photos were taken by a surveillance system the victim had set up at his home.

The robbery occurred about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 19 when two masked men burst into the man's home in the 9400 block of Southwest Gorsuch Road while he was asleep. The men tied up the 46-year-old victim with duct tape and repeatedly asked him for money. The victim was hit over the head several times with a pistol, the Sheriff's Office said. The men also threatened to shoot him.

The men ransacked the house until they found a small safe in a bedroom closet. They forced the victim to open the safe and stole the few hundred dollars inside. They also took a laptop computer before leaving, the Sheriff's Office says.

The victim crawled to his toolbox and used a pair of wire cutters to free himself.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the men are in their 20s and each weighed around 200 pounds. One of the suspects was around 5-feet-10, wore glasses under his mask and could have been Hispanic. The other was about 6-feet-1 and appeared to be Caucasian.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 or 911.


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A surveillance photo of one of two men wanted for a home-invasion robbery on Vashon Island.

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August 24, 2010 9:20 AM

Home-invasion robbery reported near Marysville

Posted by John de Leon

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home-invasion robbery that occurred Monday morning in unincorporated Marysville. Detectives believe the two men responsible for the robbery may have been targeting a different house.

The two men, one armed with a rifle and the other a handgun, went into the house in the 8400 block of 27th Avenue Northeast around 7 a.m. A teenage girl, who was visiting the house, was asleep inside while the homeowners were asleep in a nearby building on the same property. The female homeowner walked into the main house as the robbery was happening.

No one was injured.


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The men stole some electronics and fled in a pickup that was later found abandoned in a nearby neighborhood. The truck had been stolen out of Marysville, the Sheriff's Office said. Neighbors reported seeing two men removing items from the stolen pickup and putting them into a second vehicle.

Based on information provided by the neighbors, detectives went to a house in the 9100 block of 94th Drive Southeast in Lake Stevens, where they found the second vehicle as well as evidence from the home-invasion robbery.

There have been no arrests yet.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the sheriff's tip line at 425-388-3845.

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August 12, 2010 4:43 PM

Suspects in Skyway home invasion ordered held in custody

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Two men and a teen accused of breaking into a Skyway home Wednesday and sexually assaulting a woman were ordered held in jail Thursday.

A judge set bail for the adults at $750,000 each, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. A judge also ordered that the 17-year-old suspect to remain at the King County Youth Service Center.

According to the King County Sheriff's Office, the three broke into the house around 3 a.m. Wednesday and assaulted the 26-year-old woman. They're also accused of stealing her 2003 BMW, some cash and her cellphone, according to court documents filed in the case.

The woman told investigators that she heard a loud noise and then one intruder, later identified by authorities as the teenager, entered her bedroom and told her to be quiet, according to a Sheriff's Office report released on Thursday. One of the adult suspects then entered the room and held the woman down; someone then pistol-whipped her, the report said.

The suspects asked the woman for money and she told them to take what was in her purse, which was around $300, the report said. The suspects then wound duct tape around the woman's hands and wrists, and covered her eyes and mouth with strips of tape. The woman told investigators that she was then raped.

The woman's car was found abandoned about an hour later at a Chevron station at South 112th Street and 8th Avenue South about an hour later. Shortly thereafter, three people matching descriptions given by the victim were spotted nearby in a 1989 Cadillac. A handgun was found in the vehicle, the report said.

The suspects were identified in the Sheriff's Office report as: Kevin-Isajah Volante, 20, of Seattle; Juan Machado, 20, of Burien; and a 17-year-old Tacoma boy. The Times generally does not name juvenile suspects unless they're charged as adults.

A spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office said that the deadline for filing criminal charges is Friday.

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June 11, 2010 12:08 PM

Men robbed at knifepoint in home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Two men robbed the occupants of a Seattle home at knifepoint early Friday morning, Seattle police said.

At about 4:45 a.m., officers responded to the home-invasion robbery in the 1500 block of Southwest Henderson Street. The victims told police that they were awakened by loud noises followed by two men storming into their bedrooms.The robbers were armed with a knife and wore masks and gloves.


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The two men jumped on the victims' beds and demanded money, drugs and jewelry. The robbers spoke English and Spanish, police said. Police said the men made off with $3,500 and a projector.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the two male victims.

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May 11, 2010 5:17 PM

Police ID shooter in fatal home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon


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The Pierce County sheriff's office says Kiyoshi Higashi was the shooter in last month's fatal home-invasion robbery in Edgewood, Pierce County.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says they believe the man who fired the fatal gunshots in last months fatal home-invasion robbery in Edgewood was suspect Kiyoshi Higashi, one of four people arrested in the case.

Higashi, Clabon T. Berniard of SeaTac, and Joshua Reese, of Tacoma, are facing murder, robbery and assault charges in the April 28 home invasion robbery in Edgewood.

Higashi and Reese were arrested last week near San Francisco and Berniard turned himself in. A fourth suspect, Amanda Knight of Sumner, appeared last week in Pierce County Superior Court, pleaded not guilty and is jailed on $2 million bail.

Police say the four went to the home of James Sanders pretending to buy a ring, tied up his family and shot him when he tried to prevent his 14-year-old son from being pistol-whipped.

Higashi, Berniard and Reese have long criminal records.

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist said last week it doesn't matter who pulled the trigger. All of the suspects will face what he called a "functional life sentence."

"They are all equally responsible, and they all face the same charges," said Lindquist, who noted that each of the suspects face 67 years in prison if convicted as charged.

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May 7, 2010 9:11 AM

Man assaulted, safe stolen during home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police say a man was robbed and assaulted by two men in his home early Friday morning.

At about 1:20 a.m., police responded to the robbery in the 1600 block of Summit Avenue, where the victim reported that two men pushed their way into his apartment unit, assaulted him and took his safe.

The victim told police the two men buzzed his intercom. The man buzzed them in because he thought some friends had stopped by unannounced. When the victim opened the door to his apartment the men pushed their way in, police said. One of the men grabbed the victim in a choke hold and he passed out. When he regained consciousness his safe was gone.

The victim told police it appeared that the men knew what they were looking for.

The victim suspects the two men might be involved with someone who he had been buying marijuana from, according to police

The victim was checked out by Seattle Fire Department medics at the scene.

Police did not locate any suspects.

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March 15, 2010 6:30 AM

KING-TV: Two shot in home invasion in Kirkland

Posted by John de Leon

Our news partners at KING-TV are reporting that two people were shot during a home invasion in Kirkland early Monday morning.

The shooting happened just before 5 a.m. in the 11000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast, KING-TV reports. King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said two people were shot -- one suspect and one home-invasion victim. KING-TV is reporting their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Urquhart says the home is known to authorities as a medical marijuana grow site, according to The Associated Press. The homeowner was armed with a handgun and exchanged fire with a suspect.


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Several blocks of Juanita Drive Northeast are closed, from Juanita Beach to Holmes Point Drive, due to police activity.

We'll update this story as soon as we get more details.

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February 26, 2010 10:55 AM

Man shot Friday morning during home-invasion in Renton

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

King County sheriff's investigators are searching for three men who allegedly forced their way into a mobile home near Renton Friday morning and shot a 27-year-old man.

Deputies were called to the 17600 block of 196th Avenue Southeast around 1 a.m. after receiving reports of gunfire, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies found the 27-year-old man, who had been shot several times, and a woman who was not hurt.


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The woman, who is the girlfriend of the wounded man, told investigators that she did not know the three men who entered their home, the Sheriff's Office said. The wounded man was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies did not have good descriptions of the suspects, except to say they appeared to be in their 20s and were wearing hooded sweatshirts. Anyone with information should dial 911 or call the Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311.

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January 11, 2010 5:43 AM

Boy bound and gagged in home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police are looking for the men who forced their way into a South Seattle home Sunday afternoon, tied up a 16-year-old boy and stole several items.

The boy was home alone in the 2300 block of 29th Avenue South around 1:20 p.m. when he heard noises at the back door. When he went to the door he was confronted by two armed men who ordered him to the floor. The men bound the boy's wrists and ankles, placed duct tape over his mouth and forced him into a closet.


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The men ransacked the house and took two flat-screen TVs, two computers and other electronics. The boy later told police he thought he heard a couple more men join the first two.

After about 30 minutes the boy's father arrived home and found his son in the closet. He untied the boy and called 911. Police searched the area, but didn't locate any suspects. A police account does not provide a description of the men.

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December 30, 2009 10:43 AM

Home-invasion robbery last night on Beacon Hill

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police say three men ransacked a Beacon Hill home at gunpoint last night during a home-invasion robbery.

At about 7:30 p.m., the men knocked on the door of an apartment in the 2400 block of South Graham Street. When a girl answered, they pointed a gun at her and forced their way inside.

The men held the girl at gunpoint and ransacked the apartment. They took a flat screen TV, camcorder and several checkbooks. The suspects then fled.

Police responded with A K9 unit but didn't find any suspects. The thieves dropped the TV, which was recovered by police.

A SPD account of the incident provides only a vague description of the suspects.


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November 24, 2009 7:47 AM

Two men shot during reported home invasion in Everett

Posted by John de Leon

Everett police are investigating a shooting this morning around 1 at a home in the 600 block of 93rd Street Southwest. The victim, a 23-year-old man, tells police that a man broke into his home and shot him several times.

The victim said he was able to get a gun and return fire. The attacker then fled, but was located by police a short time later suffering from gunshot wounds.


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The victim is being treated for what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries at an Everett hospital, according to police. It is not yet known how serious the other man's wounds are, according to police. He has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle

We'll post more details on our Web site shortly.

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October 7, 2009 7:50 AM

Home-invasion robbery in North Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

Police say three men who apparently had "extensive knowledge" of the victim's circumstances robbed a man in his home yesterday.

The three men were each armed with a handgun when they tied up the lone occupant of a home in the 500 block of North 101st Street around 12 p.m. They stole a "substantial" amount of cash, jewelery, electronics, photographs and paperwork, police said.

The victim could not provide descriptions of the robbers, police said.


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June 20, 2009 9:14 AM

Teen assaulted during home-invasion burglary

Posted by John de Leon

A 15-year-old boy who was home alone suffered minor injuries when he was assaulted during a home-invasion burglary last night, according to Seattle police.

At 6:27 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call in the 6500 block of 33rd Avenue South. The boy was home alone playing video games when the suspect entered the residence through a rear window. The suspect punched the boy on the head and face. The suspect then left in a red sedan driven by a second man.

It wasn't immediately known if any property was taken.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the boy for scratches on his face.


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No other information was available this morning.

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June 4, 2009 10:15 AM

Seattle police investigate home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police are investigating a home-invasion robbery that occurred at 3 this morning in the 12000 block of Hiram Place Northeast.

Three people -- two men and one woman -- forced their way inside the home by kicking in the carport door. One of the men held a knife to the throat of a man who lives at the home. The victim fought off the attacker and was cut on the hand, sustaining a minor injury.

The second male suspect held a pillow over a female victim's face so she wouldn't see what the female suspect was doing. The victim's purse and prescription narcotics were stolen.

The suspects fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.

Police say the victims know the suspects.

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April 15, 2009 6:27 AM

Two arrested in Silverdale home-invasion robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Two men were arrested early this morning after a home-invasion robbery at The Madison at Ridgetop apartments at 1157 Voyager Lane Northwest in Silverdale.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the apartment at around 12:50 a.m. after a neighbor complained of a disturbance. When deputies arrived they looked through a window and saw two masked men had tied up three people -- a woman and two men -- inside the apartment.

Deputies forced their way into the apartment and began fighting with the two masked men, both of whom appeared to be armed. After the men were subdued, deputies found one was armed with a handgun and the other had a realistic-looking pellet gun.

The two men arrested were a 22-year-old, who was also wanted on an outstanding 2006 arrest warrant for robbery; and a 19-year-old.

The motive for the home invasion appears to be robbery, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies are trying to determine why that specific apartment was targeted.

In addition, deputies want to question the occupants of a black 2005 Hyundai Accent in connection with the robbery. The car's Washington license plate number is 948-WCK.

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March 12, 2009 11:28 AM

PHOTOS: Checks stolen in robbery used at Tacoma Mall

Posted by John de Leon


SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Suspect.


SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Suspects.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has released these surveillance photos of a man who stole credit cards and personal checks during a home invasion robbery in Machias earlier this month as well as two women who used some of the stolen items. The photos were taken in Pierce County stores where some of the checks and credit cards were used.

The robbery was reported about 8:30 a.m. March 1. A man told deputies that that two men wearing black shirts that said "Police" on them came to his door in the 2300 block of Russell Road in Machias. The victim was calling 911 when the men kicked in the door. The men had guns and reportedly handcuffed the victim.

The robbers kept asking about the whereabouts of a third person, who lives at the house but wasn't home at the time of the robbery. The two men stole some items, including the victims' credit cards and personal checks and then left. The man and his girlfriend were not injured during the robbery. Detectives said they don't believe this was a random act.

The photos of the two women were taken at a store in the Tacoma Mall, where the stolen credit cards and checks were used at various stores just hours after the robbery in Machias. The photo of the man was taken at a Safeway store in Puyallup on March 2. He used one of the stolen credit cards.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office tip line at 425-388-3845.

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March 5, 2009 9:29 AM

Son of a gun: suspect robs mother at home

Posted by John de Leon

We can't make this stuff up

One of three people arrested early this morning after they allegedly robbed a home at gunpoint is the son of the victim, according to Seattle police.

At 1:13 this morning, two men and a woman entered a home in the 3000 block of Harbor Avenue Southwest. The men, claiming to be armed, took numerous items, including a laptop, flat screen TV, a purse and a set of car keys. The suspects fled in a black Nissan with a temporary plate in the rear window.

Police spotted the vehicle and followed it south on Interstate 5 until stopping it at exit 154. All three suspects were taken into custody and the stolen property was recovered from the vehicle. The suspects were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

One of the suspects was later identified as the son of the victim. Police said the three people didn't even bother to wear disguises during the robbery.

Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green is following the story and will post an update shortly on The Times' Web site.

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March 4, 2009 6:11 AM

Another Seattle-area home-invasion robbery reported

Posted by John de Leon

Our news partners at KING-TV are reporting three armed men stormed a Boulevard Park home last night and made off with thousands in cash and two shotguns. The home invasion happened near the intersection of Eight Avenue South and South 112th Street.

Police aren't sure if the home was targeted.

This is the fourth reported home invasion in the Seattle area since Saturday and the second in the past two days. To read aboth the others, click here and here and here.

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March 1, 2009 9:25 AM

Home-invasion robbery reported near Ravenna Park

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police today are investigating the second reported home-invasion robbery in the city in as many days.

At approximately 12:35 this morning, police responded to a call of a robbery inside a home in the 1700 block of Northeast 55th Street. According to police, two men forced their way into a rear door of the home.

One of the men, armed with a handgun, gathered the residents in one place. A second man, armed with some sort of a club, walked one of the residents throughout the house gathering up electronics items. That man then struck the victim in the head several times before both men fled the home.

Patrol officers and a K9 unit conducted a search of the area, but could not locate the suspects.

Seattle police are also investigating a home-invasion robbery reported Saturday in the Mount Baker area.

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March 1, 2009 8:38 AM

Police investigate home-invasion robbery in Mount Baker

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police say they don't have much of a description of two men who broke into a home Saturday and held a man at knifepoint. The home-invasion robbery happened at around noon in the 2500 block of 32nd Avenue South.

According to the victim, two men broke into his home and pushed him down while brandishing a knife toward him. The victim was not injured. The suspects fled the house in an unknown direction.

Officers responded to the area with a K9 unit, but were unable to find the suspects. It was unclear whether anything was taken.

Home-invasion robberies are rare. Generally, home-invasion robberies are more common among people who are connected to the victims, according to police.

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February 15, 2009 6:00 PM

"America's Dumbest Criminals"

Posted by John de Leon

For today's installment of "America's Dumbest Criminals," we take you to Beaverton, Ore., where two men are behind bars after breaking into an apartment in an effort to steal money and drugs.

Trouble is, they had the wrong apartment.

According to The Associated Press, Beaverton police Detective Pam Yazzolino says three adults were awakened early this morning by a pair of men banging on their door, yelling that they were police. The victims barricaded the front door and called 911 as the armed men broke a window to enter. The suspects fled when police arrived, but were captured nearby.

The victims later told investigators that the men were looking for drugs and money. One of the men hit a victim across the face when he told them he didn't know what they were talking about.

Yazzolino says police think 38-year-old Adan Godinez-Lopez and 23-year-old Christian Armondo Romero-Aguilar simply went to the wrong apartment. The Aloha men have been charged with robbery, burglary and assault.

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January 28, 2009 2:50 PM

Home-invasion robbery in Issaquah

Posted by John de Leon

Issaquah police are investigating a home-invasion robbery Tuesday in the 900 block of Sunrise Place S.E.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday Issaquah police responded to a report of a residential robbery. A woman told officers that she was with her boyfriend at his home when there was a knock at the door. Her boyfriend answered the door and two men, armed with handguns, forced their way into the apartment. The suspects restrained the victims with duct tape and then stole their money. The suspects were seen leaving the area in a sport-utility vehicle.

The suspects were not known by either of the victims and no one was hurt in the incident. The suspect vehicle is described as an older model blue Chevrolet Blazer.

Issaquah police say this appears to be an isolated incident and no other related crimes have been reported.

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January 20, 2009 8:31 AM

Home-invasion robbery in West Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police are investigating a home-invasion robbery that occurred Monday night in West Seattle.

According to the Police Department's Web site, an officer responded to Harborview Medical Center at 10 p.m. Monday and interviewed the victims of the robbery, including one person who suffered a broken arm. The victims told the officer that two people had forced their way into the victims' house in the 1200 block of Southwest Myrtle Street. One suspect held the victims at gunpoint, while the other ransacked the house and beat two of the victims. When the suspects left they took all the telephones from the house, police said.

Officers from the department's Southwest Precinct are investigating.

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