Home invader who victimized Asians, Filipinos gets 47 years
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.
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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