WALLA WALLA - An early Sunday morning brawl ended with one teen in jail and a man in the hospital.
Corey J. Reece, 24, was struck with a baseball bat in what is believed to be a gang altercation. The Walla Walla man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition today, the Walla Walla Police Department said.
Police arrested a 17-year-old Walla Walla gang member, who was booked at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center on investigation of first-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief.
Police were dispatched about 1:38 a.m. to a home in the 900 block of West Birch Street, where it was reported that five house windows, and windows in four vehicles at the location had been broken, said Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the department.
A patrol officer who returned to the residence for more information but found many of those involved in the window complaint had left. Police believe the people may have left after spotting a car carrying people involved in the window-breaking, Bennett said.
The officer checked the area near 12th Avenue and Willow Street and found Reece, with his face covered in blood.
The car that had been seen was located a short time later, vacated and with numerous broken windows in retaliation to the earlier incident, Bennett said.
Officials believe that Reece had been in this vehicle just prior to being assaulted, according to a press release.
The vehicle's owner, Juan Pablo Aguilar, Jr., 34, of 512 Juniper St., was present and was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct.
As the officer waited with Reece and Aguilar, several gang members approached making threats to harm Reece and Aguilar, Bennett said in a press release.
The officer held the group back by displaying his Taser until backup arrived.
The vandalisms and assault are believed to be part of continuing violence between two local gangs, Bennett said. The case is being investigated by the department's gang unit.