MARYSVILLE — Two men have been arrested for investigation of shooting a man in the head this week in Marysville, to rob him of his casino winnings, according to police reports filed in court.
The gunshot wound left the Arlington man, 30, clinically brain dead, Marysville police wrote. He is not expected to survive.
Witnesses told officers two robbers in bandanas beat the man to the ground around 7 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of a motel on Beach Avenue. Then a shot rang out. Security footage showed two people leaving the scene in a white SUV, according to police.
Detectives learned that in the preceding days the man had won about $7,000 gambling at the Quil Ceda Creek Casino. He’d been staying at the motel with a friend, Jeremy Justin Dailey, 33, according to police.
Officers arrested Dailey on an unrelated warrant Wednesday. He agreed to speak with officers, and he reportedly recalled his friend had shown him the stack of cash. He admitted to helping plan the robbery, but denied firing the shot, according to police. He acknowledged to police he and another friend, Jared Allen Evans, took the victim’s wallet.
Detectives tracked Evans, 28, at his home. He gave a similar story, and said his plan had been to punch the victim, police wrote. He’d been paid $100 afterward for his help, he told officers.
Both men were booked into jail for investigation of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.
Dailey has a history of armed robbery. Court papers show he held up a Shell gas station clerk at gunpoint in Marysville in June 2012. Two days later, he used a gun to rob a cashier at a Marysville smoke shop. In both of those heists, his face was covered by a black bandana. Police arrested Dailey a few days later. A pistol found in his backpack turned out to be a toy. In jail, he told a Marysville detective his drug abuse had led him to make poor decisions.
Dailey pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery. He was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in prison. A warrant for his arrest was issued two weeks ago, because he hadn’t been paying court fines related to those convictions.
A deputy prosecutor, Michelle Rutherford, said it appeared Dailey had been the main planner of the robbery this week.
“He’s likely the mastermind behind the plot to get people involved in this robbery, that is going to result in the death of this victim,” Rutherford said in court Wednesday.
Judge Tam Bui set bail at $500,000 for both men.
Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @snocaleb.