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Woman admits to role in Craigslist robbery

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By Jackson Holtz
Herald Writer
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LAKE STEVENS — A woman charged with a fatal home- invasion robbery in Pierce County allegedly has admitted involvement in a similar holdup in Lake Stevens.
Both cases involve robbers who apparently used Craigslist ads to identify likely targets.
Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said Wednesday that Amanda Christine Knight, 21, told Pierce County detectives that she and Kiyoshi Alan Higashi, 22, robbed a Lake Stevens home on April 25. That was just days before she’s accused of helping to kill an Edgewood man.
Knight allegedly sold at an Auburn pawn shop a ring that was among the items stolen from the Lake Stevens home, Celori said.
No charges have been filed in connection with the Snohomish County robbery. Knight, Higashi, Joshua Nathan Reese, 20, and another man are charged in Pierce County with first-degree murder in the April 28 shooting of 43-year-old James Sanders. On Wednesday a nationwide warrant was issued for the arrest of Clabon T. Berniard, 23, of SeaTac.
In both the Pierce County and Lake Stevens incidents, the suspects responded to classified ads posted by the victims on Craigslist. When the suspects arrived at the victims’ homes, they forced their way inside and made off with stolen property.
Pierce County detectives said Sanders may have been killed after he intervened as his 14-year-old son was being pistol-whipped by the robbers.
Knight, Higashi and Reese were arrested in a traffic stop in California during the weekend. Knight was released on bail in California and later surrendered to police in her hometown of Sumner in Pierce County.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Knight pleaded not guilty to murder, robbery and assault charges Wednesday and was ordered held on $2 million bail.
Higashi and Reese remain jailed in Calfornia. They appeared in court Wednesday and a judge signed an extradition order, clearing the way for their return to Washington state.
Higashi reportedly told a Seattle TV station he had nothing to do with the Edgewood killing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437; jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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