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Police make arrest in deadly Kent carjacking

Suspect arrested in deadly Kent carjacking

Kent police have arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of carjacking and killing a storage facility manager Monday.
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Kent police have arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of carjacking and killing a storage facility manager Monday.

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man suspected in a deadly carjacking outside a Kent storage facility this week.

A person of interest also has been identified, but detectives said that person is not believed to have been involved with the death of Jered Sperling.

Sperling, 38, was carjacked about 8 p.m. Monday outside the storage facility in the 10600 block of Southeast 240th Street where he worked.

A suspect forced his way inside the pickup when it stopped at the entrance gate and drove away with Sperling still inside.

When police could not find Sperling or the truck by the next day, they issued an urgent plea to the public to help find him.

The truck was found shortly afterward at a Kent apartment complex with Sperling’s body in the bed of the pickup.

Police have not said how he was killed.

Sperling, who moved from California with his wife more than a year ago, managed the storage facility where he was carjacked.

It has not been determined whether the carjacking and homicide was random or if Sperling was the intended victim.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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