Man accused of robbery attempt at gunpoint in Lacey New Year's Eve

Staff writerJanuary 7, 2014 

A man who is accused in court papers of attempting to rob another man of marijuana at gunpoint in the 7-Eleven parking lot in the 6200 block of Marvin Road has posted bail and was released from jail.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ordered Wadis Estevez, 22, held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree armed robbery during a court hearing Monday. Dixon set Estevez’s bail set at $1,500.

Estevez, who was on leave from his Army post in Alaska and was staying with his parents in Lacey at the time of his arrest on Saturday, has no prior arrest history.
According to court papers:

A witness called Lacey police around 6:50 p.m. Dec. 31, reporting shots fired at the 7-Eleven parking lot. An alleged victim initially told police he had arranged to meet someone to buy $600 worth of marijuana.

The alleged victim said two people in a black BMW met him in the parking lot. He said one of the two men got in his car, put a gun to his head, tried to take his backpack containing the $600, and then fled, without having wrested control of the backpack.

A 911 caller said he believed he had heard shots fired from the black BMW as it fled the parking lot. However, police did not find evidence of shots fired, and believe the sound could have come from gas tank covers being driven over at a high rate of speed.

Police who responded to the 911 call started patrolling the area, looking for the black BMW. Officers then responded to a report of a black BMW driving the wrong way on the Interstate 5 off ramp on Marvin Road.

Police next found a black BMW registered to Estevez that had been abandoned in the area of the Marvin Road off ramp after a crash. Estevez’s father later contacted police, to report that his son had just called him and said his car had been stolen from the Tacoma Mall.

Police found a second suspect who was questioned, but not arrested.

Lacey police obtained a search warrant to search the alleged victim’s vehicle. They found a quarter-pound of marijuana in the alleged victim’s backpack, but no money. The alleged victim then admitted he had arranged to sell, not buy, a quarter-pound of marijuana in the 7-Eleven parking lot. The alleged suspect also identified Estevez and a second suspect as the two men who had attempted to rob him.

On Saturday, Lacey police contacted Estevez. He admitted that he and the second suspect had attempted to steal marijuana from the alleged victim, but he denied using a gun. However, when Lacey police obtained a search warrant searched Estevez’s BMW, they found a loaded pistol.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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