College Place teen arrested in attack on trucker

The teenager was taken into custody Wednesday on investigation of several crimes, including two felonies.

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WALLA WALLA -- A College Place youth has been arrested in connection with an attack on a commercial truck driver behind JoAnn Fabric and Craft earlier this month, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday at Lincoln Alternative High School by city gang detectives. The boy was taken to the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center on investigation of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, both felonies, and third-degree theft and second-degree vehicle prowl, according to a news release.

On Feb. 5, Portland resident Jonathan Dickson was resting in the cab of his tractor-trailer about 8 p.m. when he heard noise coming from the back, according to an earlier report. Dickson, who had parked the truck behind Jo-Ann Fabric And Crafts, at 481 N. Wilbur Ave., reported being attacked by two teen suspects who got away.

Walla Walla Police Officer Tim Bennett said in the release that if the boy taken into custody Wednesday had not attacked Dickson, he would not be facing felony charges.

During the investigation, detectives searched a residence in the 400 block of Cedar Street, where they recovered a torn hooded sweatshirt that Dickson had reported ripping during the struggle with the suspects.

Detectives also seized cocaine from the home, as well as a small amount of marijuana. Another teen resident of the home is facing felony drug possession charges, but was not involved in the attack on Dickson, according to the release.

Detectives are still looking for the second suspect involved in the assault and robbery.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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