Second juvenile charged in attack on semi driver

Noe Jaimez is accused of first-degree attempted robbery charge and other crimes allegedly committed this year.

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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 terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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