Trial date set in damage to home, vehicles

The vandalism led to an assault on the suspect, police say.

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WALLA WALLA -- An alleged gang member accused of breaking several windows in vehicles and at a residence in September, reportedly leading to a retaliatory assault against him, pleaded innocent Monday to two criminal charges.

Corey J. Reece, 24, of 9231/2 W. Chestnut St., is scheduled for trial Feb. 1 and 2 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on the charges of second-degree malicious mischief and felony riot.

Reece is accused of acting with fellow gang members on Sept. 19 to damage four vehicles and windows of the home at 930 W. Birch St.

Police said one of the residents, Christian J. Ramos, 17, later struck Reece with a baseball bat during an altercation in the area of 12th Avenue and Willow Street.

Reece suffered severe injuries to his face and head and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to a police report filed in court.

Ramos is awaiting a Dec. 21 trial in the Juvenile Department of Superior Court on a charge of second-degree assault. He also is accused of second-degree malicious mischief for allegedly breaking windows in the vehicle Reece had been in before he was assaulted.

Ramos also faces a second-degree assault charge in connection with an unrelated gang-related fight March 7 in the area of 12th and Birch, officials said.

Ramos was injured, but police believe he also struck his alleged assailant, Antonio Carmona-Hernandez, 16, of 308 N. Sixth Ave., with a bat, seriously injuring him.

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