NEMAH — A man and woman are being sought following an especially violent home-invasion robbery in the Nemah area of U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning that resulted in a residence being shot up and three unwounded residents left handcuffed at the scene.
Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson said Saturday evening that the suspects are considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have fled south into Oregon.
The incident started between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday in the vicinity of the 5000 block of US101, a wooded rural area near the South Nemah River and the east side of Willapa Bay.
The suspects shot through the doors, shot out many of the windows, and the whole house was “riddled with bullets,” Johnson said. Weapons used in the home invasion included a pistol, a shotgun and rifle — “maybe an AK-style” weapon. There could have been more than one of each, the sheriff said.
Once the suspects gained access to the interior of the house, they handcuffed the one male and two female residents, and proceeded to ransack the dwelling. They took rifles and a “significant amount of valuables,” the sheriff said. None of the victims was injured, which the sheriff said was surprisingly fortunate considering the number of rounds fired by the invaders.
The assailants’ vehicle was described by one of the victims as a dark-colored hatchback with Oregon plates. A plate number was obtained and is believed to be associated with one of the suspects.
After the invaders departed, one of the victims managed to get to a phone and dial 911 at 6:14 a.m. Saturday. Deputies from both south and north county responded and were on scene before 7 a.m. Washington State Patrol provided assistance.
The assailants are being sought on an array of charges, initially including first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment, theft of firearms, second-degree assault and second-degree theft.
This breaking story will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.