After a home invasion in Lake Stevens and a brutal murder in Edgewood in Pierce County, four suspects in the two cases are in custody in Pierce County.
Two of the suspects, Joshua Nathan Reese, 20, and Kiyoshi Alan Higashi, 22 were jailed after being pulled over for traffic violations in California.
Amanda Christine Knight, 21, was jailed in California and was released on bail. She has since turned herself into police in Sumner on Tuesday, May 11.
Clabon T. Berniard, 23, turned himself into King County Jail on Thursday, May 6. He was later transferred to Pierce County Jail.
Higashi and Reese waived extradition from California.
“We know that three of the individuals, Reese, Higashi and Knight, are related to the Lake Stevens case,” Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said. “We also believe that Berniard is connected but we need to follow-up on a few things. As soon as we can confirm some information, there are potentially two other suspects that will be taken into custody.”
The Lake Stevens couple was selling a flat screen television on Craigslist on April 25. When two of the suspects came to the home to “purchase” the television, they tied the couple up with zip ties, called two other people and the four allegedly took money, electronic equipment and other items from the home. No one was injured in the attack, Celori said.
A ring taken from the Lake Stevens home was later found at a pawn shop in Auburn. One April 28, in Edgewood, the suspects showed up at the home of James Sanders, 43, after he posted a ring on Craigslist.
The four suspects tied up the family with zip ties, including Sanders, his wife, their 12 and 14-year-old children. The 14-year-old boy was pistol-whipped. Sanders was shot and killed trying to defend his family. On Monday, May 3, Pierce County prosecutors charged the four suspects with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in Edgewater.
No charges have been filed in the Lake Stevens home invasion robbery. “What they are being charged with now has nothing to do with the Lake Stevens robbery,” Celori explained. “However, we will be referring our charges to the prosecutors office shortly.”