Pair charged with first-degree robbery in marijuana theft

A man was shot in the head during a holdup that was supposed to net about an ounce of pot.

EVERETT — A drug robbery that ended in a shooting Oct. 31 outside a south Everett apartment complex might send two men to prison for 15 years.

Daniel Arevalo-Camacho and Adolfo “Angel” Sierra-Acavedo, both 20, now are charged with first-degree robbery for a holdup that was supposed to net about an ounce of marijuana.

The victim, 19, was left “bleeding and foaming from the mouth in the parking lot” with a gunshot wound to the head, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Julie Mohr said in Superior Court papers filed late last week.

He survived, but was seriously injured.

The robbery occurred when the three men converged on the parking lot of the Brisa Apartments on Admiralty Way. They were there to complete a drug deal.

Arevalo-Camacho climbed into the seller’s car and then ran away with a sandwich bag partially filled with pot.

The seller gave chase. Arevalo-Camacho allegedly wheeled and shot from about 15 feet away.

Sierra-Acavedo had driven his mom’s car to the drug deal, and later told detectives that he and Arevalo-Camacho had planned a “lick,” street slang for robbery.

He told detectives about watching Arevalo-Camacho fire the handgun.

“Danny turned around and did a perfect shot … the kid fell,” charging papers quote him as telling detectives.

Witnesses heard the shot and got the license plate of the car the gunman jumped into. Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies swiftly converged on a nearby apartment complex where the registered owner lives.

Arevalo-Camacho was arrested slipping out the back door. He reportedly was carrying a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a baggie of pot.

“He didn’t die, did he?” he allegedly asked a detective.

At jail, he reportedly was only concerned about where he was going to be housed in the jail and if his co-defendant had spoken with police, Mohr wrote.

“I saw the whole thing, I saw the whole thing,” Sierra-Acavedo reportedly said as he was arrested. He initially tried to distance himself from the victim and shooter, but eventually admitted to the robbery plan, Mohr wrote.

“During booking, he was very concerned about his mother being upset with him,” the prosecutor added.

Both defendants claim connections to the Surenos street gang. That’s one reason prosecutors asked for $500,000 bail. Arevalo-Camacho also has pending cases for gun offenses.

The shooting victim was able to communicate with detectives at the hospital. He’s shown little interest in cooperating with the investigation.

The victim’s parents were present during the meeting “and afterwards indicated they were not happy with their son’s lack of cooperation,” the prosecutor wrote.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@herald Twitter: @snorthnews.

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