Trial postponed for Walla Walla teen in attack on driver

Noe Jaimez faces a first-degree attempted robbery charge in connection with an attack near Jo-Ann's in February.

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WALLA WALLA -- A trial for a teenager charged in a February attack on a delivery truck driver in Eastgate has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Noe Jaimez, 15, of 927 W. Poplar St., had been set for a Juvenile Department fact-finding session before a judge last Thursday. The proceedings now are scheduled for Nov. 18.

Jaimez is charged with first-degree attempted robbery.

Police said he and another youth, Robert L. Deleon, were involved in a confrontation with Jonathan Dickson of Portland near the back door of Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, 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 teenagers 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, now 17, later was identified as a suspect and arrested Feb. 10. He pleaded guilty in late April to a first-degree robbery charge and is serving a sentence of 103-129 weeks in a state juvenile institution.

Jaimez, who was charged in July, is not in custody pending the disposition of his case.

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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