Second person charged in robbery at Fife motel

Staff writerJune 12, 2014 

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a second person in a robbery at a Fife motel.

A warrant was issued Thursday for Larry Baker, 47, who has been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping for the March 20 incident.

Leechae Johnson, 26, was charged in April and remains on the run. Authorities said she likely fled to North Carolina, where she used to live. Police are searching for a third suspect.

The robbery happened at a motel in the 3500 block of Pacific Highway East after the victim arrived to meet a prostitute he found on backpage.com.

When he went to the arranged room, Johnson, Baker and a second man allegedly greeted him with knives and forced him to take off his pants. The trio then stole the victim's wallet, cellphone, keys and PIN for his bank card before binding his hands with a hair dryer cord, according to charging papers.

The victim was able to escape and call police. Detectives identified Johnson and Baker from anonymous tips.

Last week, police said they used fingerprints to link Baker to a beer can inside the room where the victim was tied up and robbed.

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