Trial date set for Walla Walla teen in attack on truck driver

Noe Jaimez and another teen attacked the man outside Jo-Ann Fabrics in February, police say.

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WALLA WALLA -- A teenager charged in a February attack on a delivery truck driver in Eastgate pleaded innocent this morning in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Noe Jaimez, 15, of 927 W. Poplar St., is scheduled for trial Sept. 23 on the charge of first-degree attempted robbery.

Police said Jaimez and a co-defendant, Robert L. Deleon, were involved in a confrontation with Jonathan Dickson of Portland near the back door of Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 481 N. Wilbur Ave., about 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Dickson had been in the cab of his truck when he heard noises and came upon the youths who had broken into the semi's trailer, according to a police report filed in court. Officials said DeLeon struck Dickson with a decorative lantern that had been taken from the trailer and both teens fled through a yard.

Dickson was treated at a local hospital for facial lacerations following the attack.

DeLeon, now 17, later was identified as a suspect and arrested Feb. 10. He pleaded guilty in late April to a first-degree robbery charge and is serving a sentence of 103-129 weeks in a state juvenile institution.

Jaimez, who was charged last month, is not in custody pending the disposition of his case.

He also faces a charge of second-degree vehicle prowl, accusing him of unlawfully entering a Pontiac Grand Am on Feb. 2, in addition to a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds for allegedly having a butterfly knife at Walla Walla High School last spring.

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

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