Homicide suspects arrested in Daly City to be extradited back to Washington State


Kiyoshi Higashi photo courtesy of Bay City News Service

Bay City News Service – Two men arrested in Daly City over the weekend will be extradited back to Washington State, where they are accused of fatally shooting a man who was trying to sell a ring on Craigslist last month.

Kiyoshi Higashi, 22, and Joshua Reese, 20, waived their right to fight extradition at a hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court on May 5 and are expected to be transferred to Pierce County in the next few weeks, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

They were arrested along with 21-year-old Amanda Knight during a traffic stop on May 1, and the trio are suspects in the April 28 fatal shooting of Edgewood, Wash., resident James Sanders, police said.

Knight, who is in custody in Pierce County, had been freed after posting bail following their arrest in Daly City for possessing a concealed firearm, but on May 2 a correctional legal office specialist remembered reading a news story about a homicide in Washington State in which the descriptions of the suspects matched those of Knight, Reese and Higashi, San Mateo County sheriff’s Lt. Ray Lunny said.

The officer told her sergeant, who called the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and found out that the suspects were in fact linked to the murder.

According to prosecutors, Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home at 3610 106th Ave. in Edgewood at about 9:15 p.m. April 28 in response to a shooting.

At the home, the deputies found Charlene Sanders, who told the deputies that her husband, James, had been fatally shot by a group who had come to buy a ring that Charlene Sanders had advertised on the popular classified ad Website Craigslist.

Charlene Sanders said three men and one woman had arrived at their home to look at the ring, and two of the men and the woman came inside.

One of the men then pulled out a handgun and the other man and woman tied Charlene and James Sanders with their hands behind their backs, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said two more men then entered the home, and one went upstairs, returning with the Sanders’ two boys, ages 14 and 10.

One of the men kicked Charlene Sanders at least twice in the head, and another started hitting James Sanders in the head with the gun until his 14-year-old son tried to intervene, according to prosecutors.

The gunman then pistol-whipped the boy, bruising his head and leaving him with a concussion.

James Sanders then broke free and tried to rescue his son, but the gunman shot him three times — once in the knee, once in the thigh and a fatal shot to the back right shoulder.

The suspects took Charlene Sanders’ wedding ring off her finger and left the home with additional property belonging to the victims, including cell phones, a laptop and other jewelry, prosecutors said.

Knight turned herself in to Pierce County authorities May 4 and was booked into jail just before 10 p.m. She was scheduled to be arraigned in Pierce County on May 5.

A hearing was scheduled for May 20 for Higashi and Reese to verify that the state of Washington has taken custody of the suspects, Wagstaffe said.

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