Man arrested after SWAT standoff pleads not guilty

Staff writerJanuary 21, 2014 

A man arrested after a SWAT standoff last week for allegedly critically injuring another in a Tacoma home invasion robbery last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Steven Joel Page, 29, is charged with second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery for the Dec. 18 shooting incident.

The court set his bail at $1 million.

A woman prosecutors say was with Page, 23-year-old Natalie Marie King, pleaded not guilty to the same charges Dec. 23, after police found and arrested her.

A warrant was issued for Page’s arrest. When police tried to take him into custody Thursday on that and other warrants, they said he refused to come out of the home in the 1500 block of South 35th Street where they believed him to be armed. He gave up several hours later and was arrested. No one was injured.

Charging papers give this account of the Dec. 18 shooting:

The man shot was found losing a large amount of blood in his home in the 1100 block of Yakima Avenue. He told investigators he had heard people planned to try to rob him and opened his apartment door to find a man pointing a gun at him.

As he tried to get past the pair, Page shot him, the victim said.

An attorney for Page was not listed in court records Tuesday.

“It was clear the defendant pointed the gun at the victim, which is an assault two; it was not clear, however, how the gun went off,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said, when asked why the charge was assault and not attempted murder.

According to court records, Page told an acquaintance that the shooting was an accident.

Lindquist said the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges could be filed related to the SWAT incident.

“Even as currently charged, he’s facing over 25 years,” he said.

Page also faces charges of reckless endangerment, bail jumping and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, connected to a July 4 incident in which he’s accused of firing a gun in front of his house. He has previous assault and robbery convictions that bar him from having firearms.

In an unrelated case, prosecutors have charged Page with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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