Police have arrested 18-year-old Tyler A. Appel as a suspect in the Sunday shooting of a 17-year-old during a drug deal in Queen Anne. He now faces one count of first-degree robbery.

Appel is being held on $750,000 bail, and his second court appearance is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

The shooting victim told police he and two friends were watching movies at a home in the 2600 block of 10th Avenue West, and one friend texted someone around 1 a.m. about purchasing Xanax, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Appel and a still unidentified accomplice reportedly met the victim and one of his friends up the street for the drug deal, according to the affidavit, at which point the suspects reportedly informed them they’d been set up. At one point, Appel is alleged to have pulled out a revolver and aimed it at the victim and his friend.

A fight ensued between the victim and the second suspect, at which point Appel allegedly stepped forward and shot the 17-year-old man in the chest, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim told police the suspects then kicked him in his head and torso area. 

Afterward, the suspects reportedly took the victim’s cellphone and casually walked away southbound to Appel’s white Pontiac Grand Prix.

The victim’s friend then ran back to the home in the 2600 block of 10th Avenue West and called 911.

Appel was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the 3600 block of 23rd Avenue West in Magnolia, after an officer identified his vehicle as being connected to the robbery during a response to a trespassing complaint, according to the affidavit. Appel was seen leaving a residence there with his 15-year-old girlfriend, handing her a yellow backpack, and then walking away. He was arrested a short distance away without incident.

A loaded .45-caliber handgun was recovered from the bag, according to the affidavit.

Appel was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. The affidavit states Appel has a juvenile record that includes a history of robbery, as well as a mental health and drug history.