Pair charged with Eastgate-area robbery

Derek D. Schultz and Emmanuel Serrano are accused of attacking a man Wednesday morning.

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WALLA WALLA -- Formal charges have been filed against two suspects who allegedly robbed a man as he was walking in the Eastgate area this week.

Derek D. Schultz, 23, of 360 S. Fourth Ave., and Emmanuel Serrano, 23, of 150 S. Wilbur Ave., No. 61, were charged Thursday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with first-degree robbery.

They're accused of attacking Kevin Bidwell near White Street and Defense Avenue about 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police believe Serrano was driving his white Chevrolet Camaro with Schultz in the passenger seat when they came upon Bidwell. Bidwell told officials that the passenger got out, approached him and asked for a cigarette. When Bidwell said he didn't have one, the man reportedly attacked him. The driver also got out of the car and participated, according to a police report filed in court.

Bidwell resisted, but his wallet allegedly was stolen. Bidwell later was treated for facial injuries at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

During the investigation, police found a Camaro outside Serrano's residence, gathered additional evidence and arrested the men at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly before Bidwell was attacked, another man, Shane Miller, said he was chased by a passenger from a white Camaro parked at Barnaby's Bar and Restaurant, 405 Wellington Ave.

Miller reported he outran the man and wasn't hurt.

Bail for Schultz was set at $75,000. Serrano was being held on $50,000 bail.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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