Kent Police Make Arrest in Transient Camp Homicides on One-Year Anniversary

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A 30-year-old Covington man is in custody.

Louisa Campos

On August 12, 2016 at approximately 5:07 PM, Kent patrol units responded to a transient camp located in the area of 22200 block of 88th Avenue South for a report of a female, identified as 31-year-old Louisa Campos who had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary reports indicated that an unknown male came to the camp and was in a dispute with Campos when the male opened fire on her. The suspect fled the area and was not located.

Robert 'Spongebob' Dias
Robert ‘Spongebob’ Dias

On the following day, August 13, 2016, at about 2:40 PM Kent Patrol Officers were dispatched to a “suspicious circumstances” call at the same transient camp where Campos was discovered. Officers arrived to find a male, identified as 48-year-old Robert Dias, had been shot. He was pronounced deceased. Investigators released information that Dias was a witness to Campos’ homicide and also released that the same weapon was used in both shootings.

Investigators worked tirelessly on this case and up until just yesterday, the one-year anniversary of Louisa Campos’ homicide, the suspect was unknown.

“Our investigators were able to corroborate information they received and were able to positively identify the male suspect, as a 30-year-old Covington resident. With mutual efforts with other law enforcement agencies, the suspect was taken into custody without incident, and he is currently at the King County Jail awaiting his first appearance,” said Chief Ken Thomas.

Investigators have not yet named the suspect, as he has not officially been charged in the murders.

“Neither Louisa Campos or Robert Dias deserved to be murdered in such a cold-blooded manner. I am so glad that their families at least have some peace,” said Detective Matt Lorette.

“The timing of everything coming together was truly unimaginable. It’s days like this that make it all worth it,” said Detective Melanie Robinson.

[Source: Kent Police Department, edited]