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Home-invasion suspect nabbed in Canada

The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office this week began the complicated and potentially drawn-out process of bringing a man who skipped bail and fled to Canada back to face charges that he was involved in a home-invasion robbery last November.

“We have to fill out a whole bunch of paperwork,” said case manager Chris Casad, explaining that it may be months before the suspect, Dwayne Gregory Lee Hulley, is back in county custody.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, Hulley, 31, was arrested Friday, Sept. 3, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newmarket, Ontario, where he was apparently staying with a friend.

Hulley’s recapture ended a seven-month search launched after the South Kitsap resident failed to show for a Feb. 5 status hearing scheduled before his trial on a first-degree robbery charge began the following month.

Hulley was arrested last December — along with Jeremiah James Hicks, 25, and Jeremy Adam Sanford, 26 — in connection with the robbery of a home on SW Lake Helena Road on Nov. 23.

According to the police report, the victims — who included a five-year-old child — called 911 shortly after 10 a.m. to report that three men forced their way into their house and robbed them at gunpoint after “hog-tying” the adults with handcuffs and “zip ties.”

The robbers reportedly stole an unspecified amount of jewelry, coins and other valuables, then allegedly drove off in one of the residents’ 2001 Kia Sportage. The car was later found torched and abandoned several hours later on the 9700 block of Phillips Road, just a few blocks from Hulley’s last known address.

Hicks was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree arson, while Sanford, whom prosecutors believe went inside the house with Hulley, was charged with first-degree robbery with a firearm enhancement, and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

According to Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Andy Anderson, both Hicks and Sanford pleaded guilty to their charges before Hulley’s disappearance, but have cooperation clauses that will require them to testify against Hulley if he “demands a trial.”

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