Home robbery suspect pleads not guilty

Accomplice remains at large as single suspect faces charges
By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 26, 2017

A 26-year-old Seattle man who turned himself in to police after a webcam caught him and another man robbing a south Everett home March 29 has pleaded not guilty.

Calvin Q. Bennett turned himself in two days later and has not provided any information about his accomplice. He also informed the court of his desire to not be interrogated.

Bennett is charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery after allegedly invading a 45-year-old woman’s home a few blocks west of Mariner High School in south Everett.

Bennett remains in jail on $50,000 bond. A jury trial has been set for June 2. His next hearing is May 11.

The sheriff’s office said it believes a webcam video of incident that was widely shared on social media led to Bennett giving himself up.

When the homeowner heard knocking at her front door, she assumed it was a salesperson, so she didn’t answer, according to court documents. After a couple minutes of knocking, she became frightened and decided to hide in her bedroom’s master bathroom, in the bathtub.

When Bennett and his accomplice entered the residence and the woman’s bedroom, a motion sensor activated a webcam to begin recording, according to court documents. The homeowner had activated the sensor for peace of mind while her brother, who lives with her, was away on vacation.

The video of the robbery shows two men scouring a bedroom and confronting the homeowner off-camera in the bathroom. The homeowner, who sustained minor injuries, can be heard screaming during the confrontation. The men ripped jewelry off of her and stole her phone before fleeing, but did not take her wallet, iPad or the webcam.

The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about the incident or the second suspect, described as a black man in his 20s, is encouraged to contact Detective Geoghagan at 425-388-5258.

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