Federal Way police looking for suspect in assault and home-invasion robbery of elderly man

Staff writerAugust 15, 2013 

Federal Way police are asking the public to help find one of three suspects they say assaulted an elderly man and stole items such as his hearing aid and deceased wife’s wedding ring from his home in June, officers said Thursday.

They’re looking for Robert Gene Chapman, 42, who they say was last known to be living as a transient in Pierce County.

He’s 6 feet and 280 pounds.

Police said the other suspects, 30-year-old Tiffany Barton of Graham and 54-year-old Jerry King of Lakewood, were arrested in Fife Aug. 11.

According to the written account by Federal Way police:

The 77-year-old victim called 911 June 5 to say he had answered the door about 8 a.m. at his home in the 34600 block of 21st Avenue Southwest in Federal Way to find a man, with two other people, who asked if the victim needed any work done around the house.

The elderly man said no, and when the suspect asked to use his phone, agreed.
Once inside, one of the suspects grabbed the man and threw him to the floor. One of the suspects stomped on his head, held him to the ground, covered his eyes with linens and spray painted his eyes with black paint.

The victim suffered bruising and lumps on his head, police said.

The suspects took firearms, remote control helicopters, precious stones, rings including his own wedding ring and that of his deceased wife, checks, at least $22,000 in cash and his hearing aid.

When police interviewed Barton, she said she had driven King and Chapman to the residence because King said he had things to pick up there.

She heard a commotion inside the home, and went inside to find Chapman kicking the victim.

She said she couldn’t believe it and went back to the car, and King gave her about $2,000 after.

After several attempts at interviewing King, detectives stopped trying when he told them that he had spent 30 years in prison and was not new to this, and that he had just finished snorting meth in his cell.

King County Jail records Thursday night showed Barton is being held pending $150,000 bail, and King pending $300,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Federal Way police.

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