Federal Charges Filed Against Suspect In Belltown, Queen Anne Home Invasions

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee March 2, 2011

A man suspected in a series of home invasions in Queen Anne and Belltown has been charged with robbery, after federal agents said he thought he was robbing a stash house filled with drugs, but really fell prey to a police sting.

According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Alai Poe Tauai and Akata Maria Lisa Smith were ready to do a “drug rip,” an often armed robbery of a drug dealer’s stash house. Their contacts told them the house had 10 kilos of cocaine and 10 pounds of methamphetamine.

But the contacts turned out to be undercover cops. On the night of set-up, Tauai showed up with a gun, which he tossed before arrested, the complaint said. Three people were arrested; both Tauai and Smith were charged with robbery.

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