Walla Walla teen in chase faces burglary, firearm charges

Ricky J. Palomino allegedly entered a house without permission after a police pursuit.

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WALLA WALLA -- A youth who allegedly ran from the scene of a vehicle crash and into a residence without permission earlier this week has been charged with two felonies in the Juvenile Department of Superior Court.

Ricky J. Palomino, 17, of 258 Willard St., was charged Thursday with residential burglary and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police said Palomino was a passenger in a van involved in a vehicle pursuit by a Walla Walla police officer near Ninth Avenue and Alder Street on Tuesday afternoon and bolted after the van struck a parked vehicle on Willow Street.

The officer then followed Palomino to a residence in the 400 block of South Eighth Avenue. Palomino allegedly was found in the basement of the house, but didn't have permission to be there.

Officials said they located a loaded, .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol in the van. Palomino reportedly has nine prior crimes on his record and isn't permitted to possess any guns, nor is the alleged driver, Ricardo Morales Jr., 19, of 607 E. Sumach St.

Morales is charged in the adult division of Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm because of his felony record.

Police said Palomino and Morales have close ties to a local gang.

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

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