WALLA WALLA -- A second juvenile has been charged in the attack on a delivery truck driver in February behind Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Eastgate.
Noe Jaimez, 15, of 927 W. Poplar St., is accused in the Juvenile Department of Walla Walla County Superior Court of first-degree attempted robbery.
A co-defendant, Robert L. DeLeon, now 17, was apprehended earlier and pleaded guilty in late April to a first-degree robbery charge. He is serving a sentence of 103-129 weeks in a state juvenile institution.
Police said Jaimez and Deleon were involved in a confrontation with Jonathan Dickson of Portland near the back door of Jo-Ann's, 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 later was identified as a suspect and arrested Feb. 10. Jaimez admitted his involvement in an interview with a detective on Feb. 18, the police report says.
Jaimez, who was charged earlier this month, is being summoned to court Friday for his first appearance. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.