Pierce County prosecutors have charged three people with first-degree murder in last week’s home-invasion robbery in which an Edgewood father was killed defending his family.
On Tuesday, sheriff’s detectives were working to identify a fourth suspect, described in charging papers as the triggerman who killed 43-year-old James Sanders.
The four had come to the home on 3600 block of 106th Avenue Court East under the guise of buying a woman’s diamond ring listed on Craigslist, the classified advertising website.
“We are 100 percent sure we have three of the four responsible,” Troyer said.
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Two of the suspects, 22-year-old Kiyoshi Alan Higashi, and 20-year-old Joshua Nathan Reese, were in jail in California after a traffic stop in Daly City, near San Francisco, over the weekend.
Pierce County authorities intend to extradite the pair, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Tuesday.
The third suspect, 21-year-old Amanda Christine Knight, turned herself in to Sumner police Tuesday afternoon. She was arrested during the same traffic stop and bailed out before authorities realized she was wanted in Pierce County.
How she made her way back from California was unclear, Troyer said.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Higashi, Reese, Knight and “John Doe” on Monday with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in the April 28 deadly home- invasion robbery.
Investigators believe the suspects also were responsible for an April 25 home- invasion robbery in Lake Stevens, and other possible crimes.
At a news conference Tuesday, Troyer said investigators were not ready to label the unknown fourth suspect as the shooter.
“People lie,” he said. “As for who the shooter is and whose role was what, we’re not ready to say.”