A 67-year-old Tacoma man was home alone when two masked people holding guns burst into his bedroom and demanded valuables.
The man is hard of hearing so he had no warning that the robbers had busted out the window on his back door and reached inside to unbolt the lock. He was startled when the robbers, dressed in black with masks covering their faces, came into his room and started yelling.
The victim “stated one of the unknown males put a gun to the left side of his head and told him to give them his jewelry and cash,” court documents show.
The man, wanting to cooperate, got onto the ground and covered his head with his hands while directing the two toward his money and his wife’s jewels.
It was over within five minutes.
The victim went downstairs to try and secure the broken door and drove to his daughter’s house to call for help.
His wallet, $40,000 in jewelry, $2,000 in cash and the key to his Lexus SUV were missing.
This was on Nov. 22, 2015.
A month later, a local store owner called police after someone brought in a diamond bracelet they wanted to sell and the owner recognized it. The bracelet belonged to her friend, whose husband was subject to a recent home invasion.
Officers were able to get surveillance video from the store and their first look at the suspects.
On Wednesday, Setthery Srey was arrested in connection with the robbery. The 37-year-old woman told police she was innocent and pointed the finger at a pair of cousins believed to be gang members. Both were already in jail on unrelated charges.
Prosecutors have charged Srey, Sophea Sar and Timothy Sek with first-degree robbery and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Sar and Srey were both ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 each. Sek has not been arraigned.
Sar and Sek admitted to the home invasion but both denied having a gun, records show.
Sar was already in jail for two cases of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and identity theft. Sek was behind bars for two cases of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653