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Home invader who victimized Asians, Filipinos gets 47 years

, / 08:49 PM October 22, 2015

TACOMA, Washington—A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 47 years in prison for his part in a string of home-invasion robberies that targeted Tacoma’s Asian community in 2012, particularly families of Vietnamese, Filipino and Cambodian descent.

The News Tribune reports that a Pierce County jury convicted Azariah Ross on 16 counts earlier this year. His charges included robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment.

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Prosecutors say he was one of four people who committed seven robberies between January and August 2012. The robberies netted the group more than $80,000 in cash and goods, court records show.

Each time, two or three armed bandits broke into a home, threatened the people inside and sometimes tied them up before stealing cash, jewelry and valuables.

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