Trial date set for Walla Walla teen in knifepoint robber

Coleman D. Cantrell is accused of an Aug. 15 robbery near Fourth Avenue and Grape Street.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 15-year-old boy has pleaded innocent in the juvenile department of Superior Court to robbing a man at knifepoint in the city last month.

Coleman D. Cantrell, of 317 Grape St., is scheduled for trial Sept. 30 on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree theft.

Cantrell is one of two youths suspected of robbing Jose R. Rojas at knifepoint on Aug. 15 near Fourth Avenue and Grape Street. Cantrell and the other youth had been walking through a field when they allegedly confronted Rojas about 2 a.m. that day.

Rojas told police the robbers took his wallet, cell phone and wedding ring. Cantrell was identified as a suspect through phone calls made on the stolen phone, according to a police report filed in court.

Cantrell was arrested Sept. 2 and formally charged Wednesday. His arraignment was held Friday.

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

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