Three Suspects Charged in 2016 Home-Invasion Robbery in Chehalis

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

Almost a year after Chehalis police responded to a report of a home-invasion robbery involving three masked suspects with guns, three suspects have now been charged in the case.

Franklin G. Cole Jr., 32, of Tacoma, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court after being arrested on a $250,000 warrant for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke maintained Cole’s bail at $250,000.

Cole is one of three people who have now been charged in relation to a March 26, 2016, home-invasion robbery in Chehalis. 

Joshua A. Little was also charged this month in relation to the incident. 

Jesse Lee Harkcom, 35, was the first to be charged in the incident last June. His case is still pending trial. 

At about 11:36 p.m. on March 26, 2016, Chehalis police responded to a report of a home-invasion robbery in the 100 block of Southwest 10th Street in Chehalis. 

The victim, identified by the police department as a 40-year-old woman, reported that she was in the process of moving out of a residence at the address when three men kicked in the door. 

She told police all three men were wearing black masks, dark clothing and gloves. Two of them had pistols. She reported the first to enter the residence yelled, “Where are the valuables?” according to court documents. 

The woman reported that she recognized the voice as belonging to Harkcom, who she knew. He was charged in the crime in June after being arrested on another matter in Thurston County. 

On Jan. 4 of this year, Harkcom spoke with a detective who was still working to find the identities of the other two suspects. 

Harkcom reportedly offered to give the detective information about the other two men in return for consideration from the state regarding his case, according to court documents. 

Harkcom told the detective that Little, Cole and himself planned to drive from Thurston County to Chehalis to rob the victim because they had a “beef” with the alleged victim’s boyfriend, according to court documents. 

Cole has 19 prior felony convictions. His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.