CrimeSuspect on Douglas County’s ‘Most Wanted’ list arrested after 2 years on the run
Suspect found dead, another arrested in murder of Puyallup store owner
PUYALLUP, Wash. 2019-- PUYALLUP, Wash. -- One teenage suspect was found dead and another arrested in connection with the murder of a beloved Puyallup convenience store owner. The 79-year-old matriarch was shot and killed just after 5 p.m. Saturday when two men robbed Soon Ja Nam at the Handy Corner Store on 112th St. E. in Puyallup. Witnesses told investigators two men entered the store, pulled out handguns and threatened Nam, but even after she gave them the money one of them followed her toward the store office and shot her in the back.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said a citizen tip led law enforcement to a wanted suspect who had been on the run for the past two years.
Rodney Washington had been on the county’s “Most Wanted” list for a series of felony theft warrants for a 2015 incident, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Charges for that weren't filed until 2016.
The 43-year-old was also wanted for crimes out of Lakewood and Denver.
Washington had been missing for two years, but a tip from a citizen led investigators to an address off Cherokee Street in Denver, where he was taken into custody Tuesday morning, the sheriff’s office said.
He is currently being held in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility. According to the online inmate log, no bond has been set.
Washington is slated to appear in court on June 10.
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