A convicted killer charged with trying to rob a man in a Lakewood motel is being sought after eluding police for more than a week.
A warrant has been issued for Willie Carter, 28, who is described as armed and dangerous.
He and two others allegedly lured a man into a hotel room, tried to steal his necklace and shot him twice in the back. The man is expected to survive.
The three, all felons, are charged with first-degree assault, attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
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Willie Lee Joyner, 26, and Alexander Sharp, 28, have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Joyner is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Sharp is jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Charging papers give this account of the incident, which took place about 7:30 a.m. July 20 at a motel in the 9900 block of South Tacoma Way:
Sharp lured the victim into a motel room and the men inside asked where he was from and demanded his necklace.
The victim charged one of the men and they fought over a handgun. Joyner, who was not involved in the fight, shot the victim twice in the back.
Several people in the motel room ran out.
The victim, who said he’d brought a gun “because he knew something bad was going to happen,” fired several shots at Carter, Sharp and Joyner as they ran through the parking lot.
A woman who had been inside the motel room drove Joyner and Carter away from the scene.
Sharp was taken into custody after seeking medical treatment for a serious knee injury that occurred during the fight. Joyner was arrested leaving his house.
“Joyner said he shot the victim because he knew he had a gun,” records show.
A cellphone found on a sidewalk outside the motel room was traced to Carter. Photos on the phone showing several distinctive tattoos helped police identify Carter.
Carter has a large bird tattooed on the front of his neck, a crucifix between his eyes, full arm sleeves and “RIP Vonte” on his right hand.
A fugitive team tracked him to a Tacoma home this week but he escaped out a back window as police moved in.
Carter’s violent background worries police, who are asking for the public’s help in tracking him down.
In 2005, he was charged with first-degree murder in New Orleans for fatally shooting a man during a drug deal. He remained a fugitive for four years before being captured and standing trial.
Carter pleaded guilty to manslaughter through a plea deal because of a lack of witnesses, officials said.
He is 6 feet and 160 pounds. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.
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