Crime

Lakewood police arrest man in home-invasion where robber killed

Lakewood police have arrested a 19-year-old man they believe participated in a home-invasion robbery that left one of the suspected robbers dead.

Duprea Wilson of Seattle was charged Thursday with 12 felonies, first-degree manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping and assault among them.

Not guilty pleas were entered on Wilson’s behalf in Pierce County Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $3 million bail after deputy prosecutor Neil Horibe called Wilson a danger to the community.

The robbery occurred Tuesday night in the 11000 block of Briar Road Southwest. A 62-year-old man and his 66-year-old wife were home at the time, the woman taking a bath, court records show.

Three men knocked on the door and then forced their way inside when the man, who didn’t recognize them, tried to close the door, police said. One of the intruders was armed with a knife, another with a gun.

They beat the man, who needed stitches to close a head wound, and cut his wife’s hand after dragging her out of the bathtub, court records show. The intruders then tied up the couple before searching the house for valuables, police said.

At one point the robbers went outside, and the man was able to free himself and lock the front door. He and his wife then retreated to their bedroom and locked that door as well, court records show.

The bandits broke through the front door, firing a shot as they did so, the records show. The man retrieved his own gun from a lock box and fired two shots when a pair of the bandits forced the bedroom door open, court records show.

Police believe the man hit one of the robbers, who then fled.

An hour or so later in Federal Way, police were called to the scene of a dead man with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Lakewood police believe that man, 19-year-old Taijon Voorhees, was one of the home invaders.

Wilson and the third robber drove around for some time with the bleeding Voorhees in their car, afraid to take him to the hospital because they didn’t want to talk about how he’d been hurt, court records show.

They dumped his body once he’d died, the records show.

Detectives received information that Wilson had been talking about the robbery and that it “had gone wrong,” court records show. Police suspect the bandits were seeking drugs and money but might have hit the wrong house.

Wilson was picked up the next morning on a probation violation in King County. At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession jewelry that belonged to the home-invasion victims, court records show.

He was taken to Lakewood police headquarters, where he denied taking part in the robbery.

Prosecutors wrote in charging papers that Wilson is a well-known gang member who was released from prison Oct. 15 after serving time for a burglary.

The third robber remained at large Thursday.

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