Crime

Elderly Seattle Millionaire Found Dead, Six Charged In His Death

| by Emily Smith
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Seattle millionaire Robert Archie Hood was reportedly killed by a group of friends on Dec. 17 after they attempted to rob him.

Hood, 89, was last seen on Dec. 16, 2015, by his caretaker. His body was later found on Dec. 30, 2015, about 30 miles from his home and stuffed in a barrel, according to recently released charging documents obtained by CBS News. Since then, police have charged six people in Hood’s death – two for murder, and the others for rendering criminal assistance in Hood’s death.

Police were initially tipped off by Alisha Small, one of the individuals involved in Hood’s death, after she told them she’d overheard the group talking about robbing and killing a man. She noted that the group had referred to him as Bob Barker, though police later realized the nickname referred to Barker Creek Road, a street near Hood’s home.

Following the confession, an officer went to Hood’s house and discovered that his caretaker had reported him missing. The officer found that Hood’s house was in disarray and that his checkbook was missing. Cash was also missing from Hood's wallet. 

Police later arrested Robert Pry and Ocean Wilson. According to Small, Pry and Wilson had tried to get her to cash one of Hood’s checks. However, it was declined. Robert Davis, another participant, also reportedly asked Small to access a bank account with a large amount of money in it.

Once in custody, Wilson told police that Pry and another man, Joshua Owen Rodgers-Jones, had gone to Hood’s home on Dec. 17, 2015, and tied him up so they could rob him. Pry denied being part of the robbery but did admit to attempting to access Hood’s accounts.

Rodgers-Jones, however, admitted to going to Hood's home with Pry. He added that Pry threw the elderly man to the floor, knocking him unconscious. Hood reportedly didn't appear to be breathing after the fall, so Rodgers-Jones and Pry disposed of his body. Hood’s body was later found on Dec. 30, 2015.

Wilson, Small, and Rodgers-Jones' girlfriend, Miranda Bond, then reportedly helped Pry and Rodgers-Jones dispose of the car that they had used to transport Hood's body. Another man, Arnold Mafnas Cruz, was also arrested after a search revealed that he too helped with rendering criminal assistance. The suspects' ages range from 19 to 29.

Rodgers-Jones and Pry have since been charged with first-degree murder. They are being held on $1 million bail. 

Sources: Seattle Times, CBS News / Photo Credit: Seattle Times