Tip May Help Solve Double Homicide

TACOMA - Police hope a recent tip will help them solve an 18-month-old double homicide.

Pierce County sheriff's officials recently learned the description of a man who apparently was stalking 19-year-old Rochelle Robinson of Spanaway, who was killed in June 1994 along with a friend, 25-year-old Michael Johnston of Tacoma.

Johnston's body was found early June 27, 1994, along a wooded road off the 16400 block of Canyon Road East. He had suffered a slashed throat and multiple stab wounds.

That afternoon, Robinson's body was discovered several miles away along a private road off 66th Avenue East. She also had been stabbed multiple times.

Recently, a witness told sheriff's officials that Robinson was concerned in the months leading up to her death that she was being stalked by a young man, who followed her to and from her job at a fast-food restaurant and showed up at other places where she was, according to sheriff's spokesman Curt Benson.

Robinson told the witness that she had lunch with the man once and that he wouldn't leave her alone after that, Benson said.

The man is described as white, 25 to 30, 5 feet 10, 170 pounds, with brownish-blond hair and acne. He walked with a slouch and may have worked for a glass company. Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 591-5959.