WALLA WALLA -- A man has been charged in Superior Court in connection with a gang-related fight in March in the area of 12th Avenue and Birch Street.
Roberto R. Arroyo, 20, of 330 W. Chestnut St., is accused of complicity to first-degree assault. He was arrested Monday on a warrant issued May 28 when the charge was filed. Bail has been set at $50,000.
Police said Arroyo aided and abetted in the assault on Christian J. Ramos, who was hit on his head and shoulder with a baseball bat during the March 7 fight near his house.
Officials believe Arroyo had arrived at the scene in a vehicle with 15-year-old Antonio Carmona-Hernandez and others about 11:20 a.m., after which a dispute arose between Ramos and occupants of the vehicle. Carmona-Hernandez was holding the bat as he got out of the car and then hit Ramos with it, according to a police report filed in court. Arroyo and others also exited the car and allegedly assaulted Ramos.
Carmona-Hernandez, who has since turned 16, also ended up getting struck on the head by a bat during the brawl and was seriously injured, officials said. He hasn't yet been charged with involvement in this fight, but was one of several defendants who pleaded guilty to a riot charge in connection with a gang-related melee a year ago outside St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.