5th suspect arrested in videotaped torture



LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Arraignment is set Monday for a fifth suspect arrested in connection with the videotaped torture of a man.

The woman was booked into Pierce County Jail last week on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping and rendering criminal assistance. She has not been charged. The News Tribune reports investigators believe she drove another suspect to and from the crime scene.

Prosecutors have previously charged three men and a woman in the case. Law enforcement obtained the 19-minute videotape of the incident earlier this year. Investigators believe remains found March 10 near Harts Lake in Pierce County are those of the still-unidentified victim.

Prosecutors allege Michael Crosman videotaped a young man who’d been bound and gagged with duct tape and was tortured with a knife. Court documents allege Maalo Samaota is the attacker on the video.

Crosman has pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder. Samaota was arrested in Oregon and awaits extradition to Pierce County. Randall Harbin and Aleeya Freeman have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.


Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com