Accomplice in Oct. 15 robbery gets 366 days

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday to 366 days in prison for her role in an October assault and robbery of three people in the city’s Central Park neighborhood.

Tyffanie M. Kuykendall, 34, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree robbery for helping Nicholas M. Loredo steal items from the victims’ bags. Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein dismissed charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery in exchange for Kuykendall’s guilty plea.

“It’s a fair resolution given the level of your involvement and lack of criminal history,” said Judge Suzan Clark.

“This is a very severe consequence for someone who is a mother,” her attorney, Steven Rucker, said of his client’s sentence.

Kuykendall is the mother of seven children, said Rucker. Her mother will care for the children during Kuykendall’s incarceration, he said.

Kuykendall told Vancouver police that she thought that Loredo just wanted to talk to the three victims about some property stolen from a woman named Leslie, according to a court affidavit.

The victims, two men and a woman, said they drove together early Oct. 15 to Kuykendall’s home at 1211 V St. and parked in her driveway. A truck pulled up behind them and Loredo climbed out. Armed with a handgun, Loredo opened one of the car’s back doors and ordered the three out of the car and into the house, the affidavit says. Once inside, Loredo told them to sit on the couch, remove their shoes, empty their pockets and surrender their backpacks.

At Friday’s court hearing, Kuykendall admitted to helping Loredo take items out of their backpacks.

Loredo, 35, pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to reduced charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 30.

The female victim said she was taken to another location and beaten by Leslie D. LaRue, 37, of Vancouver, the affidavit says. LaRue is accused of helping Loredo plan the crimes.

She is scheduled to be tried March 3 on charges of criminal conspiracy, second-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

The victims said they were held for about two hours. No one was seriously injured.