Warrants issued for pair charged with Tacoma robbery, shooting

Staff writerJuly 23, 2013 

Joel Eveline and Tyiara Mechtley.


Warrants have been issued for two transients charged with robbing and shooting a man in a Tacoma parking lot.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Joel Eveline, 30, and Tyiara Mechtley, 20, with first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree robbery for the July 9 incident in a fast-food parking lot in the 2900 block of South 38th Street.

The victim, who was shot in the hip, remains hospitalized in critical condition. The bullet pierced his hip and struck his stomach, court records show.

A woman who was in the victim’s vehicle was not injured.

That woman met Mechtley in Thurston County Jail and arranged to sell Mechtley prescription pills, according to charging papers.

Mechtley inspected the pills and then went to speak with Eveline, who drove her to the meeting. Eveline then allegedly approached the victim’s car and demanded the drugs and $40 in cash. As he returned to his car, Eveline fired his gun, striking the victim in the hip.

Police said Mechtley and Eveline are considered armed and dangerous. Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.

Eveline is black, 5-feet-11 and 260 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Mechtley is white, 5-feet-3 and 130 pounds with auburn hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers may remain anonymous.

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