Northwest NEWS

February 18, 2002

Local News

Five 'home invasion' suspects found; two plead not guilty

by Jeanette Knutson
   Staff Writer
   Jenny Amick and Marqus Jones, the first two suspects arrested in conjunction with the Bothell home-invasion robbery last month, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. During the robbery a resident was shot in the face and hand, and another was beaten in the head with a pistol.
   Amick, 18, and Jones, 22, both of Bellevue, along with three other suspects, are being held in King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
   The other suspects, also charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault, are Rontrell Jerome Stiles, 23, and Eric Glenn Jones, 31, both of Seattle; and Michael Annello Perkins, 27, of Kent.
   Charging papers indicate three of the suspects claimed to be coerced into taking part in the robbery. Court papers also point out that different suspects attribute the idea to rob the Bothell apartment to different people.
   In fact, two suspects who claim to have been forced to participate are accused by other suspects of having had the idea to rob the apartment in the first place.
   The circumstances of the Bothell robbery mirror those of a Woodinville home-invasion robbery that occurred one hour later. It is believed the same suspects participated in the second crime in which Woodinville victims were robbed, kicked and hit.
   Chief of Police Services for Woodinville Sgt. Ken Wardstrom said the King County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating the Woodinville case. When their investigation is complete, separate charges will be filed. This is because Bothell and Woodinville are in two different court jurisdictions - King and Snohomish counties - explained Wardstrom.
   Charging information for Stiles, Eric Jones and Perkins was not available at press time.