EVERETT — A woman who is said to work as an escort has been charged with felony assault and robbery, accused of shooting a client in the head Oct. 21 and leaving him for dead.
Marissa Elizabeth Wallen, 21, was charged Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court. She’s been locked up since November after police said she left an Everett man with two bullets lodged in his brain, an attack that went undiscovered for three days.
The Mount Vernon woman allegedly told police she shot the man in the back of the head “because he was performing (a sex act) wrong,” court papers show. Evidence shows she left with his wallet and began using his credit cards, spending thousands of dollars before being tracked down, Everett police say.
Wallen committed first-degree assault and first-degree robbery when she shot the man, 36, and left with his wallet, deputy prosecutor Katie Wetmore said in charging papers.
He was found in his apartment, grievously wounded, after coworkers became concerned when he stopped responding to messages. He was unable to speak and a scan at the hospital found the bullets in his head.
Detectives determined that Wallen had visited the man nearly a half dozen times in the month before the shooting. Security cameras caught her running from the apartment the evening of the shooting, according to court papers.
In addition to taking the victim’s wallet, she also reportedly spent $12,000 of his money. Three of his credit cards had been used more than 80 times in Skagit County in the days after the shooting. Store security cameras documented Wallen using the cards, according to police.
Wallen at first claimed no involvement but later said the man had been paying her for sex and that she’d shot him, police said.
She remained locked up at the county jail in Everett on Friday, her bail set at $1 million.
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