Couple wanted for Tacoma shooting plead not guilty to assault, robbery

Staff writerJuly 29, 2013 

A couple wanted for shooting a man in a Tacoma parking lot during a drug robbery pleaded not guilty today to first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree robbery.

Joel Eveline, 30, and Tyiara Mechtley, 20, were arrested over the weekend after nearly two weeks on the run.

Pierce County Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Eveline held in lieu of $500,000 and Mechtley held in lieu of $250,000.

The assault occurred July 9 in a fast-food parking lot in the 2900 block of South 38th Street, where police say Eveline and Mechtley arranged to meet another couple to buy prescription pills.

Mechtley got in the victim’s car and inspected the pills, then went to speak with Eveline, who was waiting in his vehicle. Eveline allegedly approached the victim’s car and demanded the drugs and $40 in cash, charging papers state.

As he returned to his car, Eveline fired his gun, striking the victim in the hip. The victim was listed in critical condition because the bullet pierced his hip and struck his stomach.

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