Testimony begins in Ridgefield home invasion trial

first_imgTestimony began Wednesday in the jury trial of a Snohomish man accused of being a lookout during a home invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.Jarrod A. Wiebe, 27, is charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree extortion, first-degree criminal impersonation, and 10 counts of firearm theft.In an agreement with prosecutors, three of his friends, including the group’s ringleader, pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges.“The state’s theory is that even though Mr. Wiebe may not have been the actual person who commissioned these crimes, by virtue of (being an accomplice), he is just as culpable as his cohorts,” said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu during opening statements Wednesday.Wiebe’s attorney, Chris Ramsay, said Wiebe was outside the home at the time of the crimes and didn’t participate in threatening the victim, tying up the victim or demanding money and firearms from the victim.“In the end, you are going to know the other three certainly committed all of these crimes, but you’ll have doubt about (whether) Mr. Wiebe’s contribution, if any, added up to accomplice liability,” Ramsay said.last_img read more