Judge denies release of attempted robbery suspect

January 26, 2019

MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit County judge denied Thursday the release of a man allegedly involved in a 2017 attempted robbery that left a 19-year-old man dead.

Erik Felipe Mercado, 27, is charged with one count of first-degree attempted robbery for his alleged involvement in a Dec. 17 incident in a Mount Vernon tattoo parlor.

Court documents state Mercado was one of three men who entered the business with the intention of robbing it.

One of those men, Jose Luis Zapata, was shot in the head during the incident, documents state.

Mercado has been held in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on $250,000 bail since November, when he was released from federal custody.

After the December 2017 robbery attempt, Mercado left the state. He was arrested in April in Illinois by U.S. marshals.

Citing a medical issue, public defender C. Wesley Richards requested Thursday that Skagit County Superior Court Judge Laura Riquelme release Mercado to stay with his mother.

Skagit County deputy prosecuting attorney Trisha Johnson said her office opposed Mercado’s release and instead requested his bail be increased to $500,000.

Riquelme denied both requests and maintained Mercado’s bail at $250,000.

Mercado’s co-defendant, Andres Sanchez Segovia, 22, was arrested the day after the attempted robbery and jailed on $250,000 bail.

Bail was later reduced to $100,000, and Sanchez Segovia has since been released on bond while awaiting trial.

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