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Clemmons' sister jailed, might face charges

A Pierce County judge on Monday ordered Maurice Clemmons' sister held in lieu of $1.5 million bail while detectives continue to investigate her role in the aftermath of Clemmons' fatal shooting of four Lakewood police officers.

Investigators arrested Latanya K. Clemmons, 34, on Friday and booked her into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of rendering criminal assistance. She’s yet to be charged.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist asked Superior Court Judge Lisa Worswick to find probable cause to hold her for up to 72 hours while his office decides what, if any, charges she should face.

Lindquist said outside court that there is evidence Latanya Clemmons helped “one or more individuals” – including suspected getaway driver Darcus Allen – after the Nov. 29 shooting at the Forza Coffee Co. location in Parkland.

Prosecutors last week charged Allen with being a fugitive from justice and continue to investigate his participation in the shooting. Detectives believe he drove Maurice Clemmons to the vicinity of the coffee shop before the shooting and might have driven him away from the scene as well, according to court records.

Lindquist said Monday that there is evidence Latanya Clemmons helped Allen “evade police” after the shooting.

The prosecutor asked Worswick to set bail at $1.5 million, saying Latanya Clemmons is a danger to the community and a flight risk who has lied to detectives.

Public defender Jason Johnson countered that Clemmons is employed, has no criminal record and is the mother of a 6-year-old child. Johnson asked for bail in the amount of $10,000.

Worswick sided with Lindquist.

Latanya Clemmons is expected in court again Wednesday.

Six others have been arrested in connection to the case, including Maurice Clemmons’ aunt and others suspected of helping him after the slayings of Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and officers Tina Griswold, 40, Greg Richards, 42, and Ronald Owens, 37.

A Seattle police officer shot Maurice Clemmons, 37, to death 42 hours after the attack at Forza.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644

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