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Ontario-area Home Invasion Robbery Suspects Arrested
03/07/2008
Sergeant Mark Duncan
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469

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Two suspects wanted in connection with a November 2007 home invasion robbery of an Ontario-area residence were arrested Thursday in Boise and Ontario. Investigators are seeking any additional information regarding the suspects that could help in the ongoing investigation.
 
The arrests were made on the authority of warrants issued in the investigation of a home invasion robbery on November 22, 2007 at 3991 Highway 201 in Ontario. Oregon State Police were assisted during this investigation by Malheur County District Attorney's Office, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Police Department, Nyssa Police Department, and Idaho State Police Criminal Investigation Unit.
 
On March 6, 2008, Idaho State Police arrested ANDREW AARON TUCKER, age 38, from Boise, near a Boise-area restaurant. TUCKER was taken into custody and lodged in Ada County Jail with no bail as a Fugitive from Justice based upon an Oregon arrest warrant charging:
  • Burglary in the First Degree (2 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy (4 counts)
  • Aggravated Theft in the First Degree (1 count)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree (2 counts)
 
On the same day, Oregon State Police arrested MUOI THI MERCER, age 55, from Fruitland, Idaho at the Ontario Area Command office. MERCER is also known as MUOI THI STONE. She was lodged in the Malheur County Jail with bail set at $150,000 on the following charges:
  • Burglary in the First Degree (2 counts)
  • Criminal Conspiracy (4 counts)
  • Aggravated Theft in the First Degree (1 count)
  • Robbery in the Second Degree (2 counts)
 
Two other suspects related to this investigation, ROCKY JAVONNIE VITALE, age 26, and his cousin, ZACHARIAH JOEL VITALE, age 25, were arrested by Mesquite, Nevada Police Department during a traffic stop November 25, 2007.
 
Anyone with information about the suspects that would assist with the investigation is asked to contact OSP Detective Ken Pecyna at (541) 889-6469.