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King County prosecutors are working to extradite Edward Auxilio Whitt, 32, to Washington after he was arrested Tuesday in New Jersey on charges he raped and robbed a Renton woman last year.

Whitt, who was arrested on a $500,000 warrant and is in police custody in Union, N.J., is accused of forcing his way into the back of a car belonging to a then-20-year-old woman outside her Renton workplace.

On Oct. 23, 2003, prosecutors say Whitt held a gun to the woman’s head and forced her to drive to a Des Moines bank and withdraw $500; he is then accused of forcing her to drive to the Lake City area, where he sexually assaulted her.

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Whitt is accused of stealing the woman’s driver’s license, cellphone, cash and CDs.

Renton police obtained a DNA sample from the woman’s clothing.

The Washington State Crime lab matched the sample to Whitt’s DNA last month, charging papers say. Whitt was ordered to submit a DNA sample after he was convicted of forgery last year.

Whitt, who moved to New Jersey in March, was charged Friday with first-degree rape and first-degree robbery, prosecutor’s spokesman Dan Donohoe said.


Witnesses sought in fatal I-5 accident

State Patrol troopers still are looking for witnesses to a Nov. 3 crash in which a 35-year-old Everett woman died.

Shannon Mikkelsen was driving her Lexus north on Interstate 5, near the 196th Street exit, when she swerved to avoid being hit by another car.

Mikkelsen lost control of her car and hit a vehicle parked on the inside shoulder. She died at the scene.

In addition to seeking witnesses, investigators are looking for the driver who swerved into Mikkelsen’s lane.

If you have any information related to the collision, contact Detective Don Cunningham 360-658-2588.


Pedestrian killed on Aurora identified

The 23-year-old woman killed yesterday on Aurora Avenue North has been identified as Emily Soule, a newlywed and a 2003 graduate of Seattle Pacific University (SPU).

Soule died after being hit by a car at North 115th Street and Aurora Avenue North.

Police said Soule was not at a crosswalk when she was struck in the southbound lanes.

In a message yesterday to students, Seattle Pacific University President Philip Eaton remembered Soule as “a beautiful and thoughtful and hopeful” young woman.

An informal memorial has been set up by students in Martin Square on the SPU campus.


Patient robbed; charges are filed

A man was charged with robbery and assault yesterday for allegedly breaking into a cancer patient’s mobile home to try to steal his medical marijuana.

Four people were involved in the Nov. 7 break-in.

The patient, Troy Crombie of Everett, fought back with a machete, leaving one of the men who broke in with a serious head injury, according to charging papers filed yesterday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Court papers say three men went to Crombie’s trailer on Highway 99 about 7 a.m. They threatened him with a handgun and tried to take his marijuana.

Joseph Krewson Jr. was charged with two counts each of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and attempted first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon.

The other people involved in the robbery, Thomas James Barham, Abraham MacDicken and Kari Leeanne Olson, already have been charged.

Olson drove the get-away car, charging papers say.

Crombie injured Barham when he swung the machete. A neighbor joined in and hit Krewson with a baseball bat. Later, the neighbor and Krewson exchanged gunfire, court papers say.

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