Suspects held in home invasions

The incidents include one in which the suspect was turned back by an armed resident.

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WALLA WALLA -- Officials believe they have solved two home invasion crimes that occurred in College Place in recent weeks.

Investigative holds have been placed on Adam Hermanns, 23, and Antonio S. Contreras, 24, in connection with a robbery at 204 S.E. Fourth St. early this month.

Hermanns also allegedly burglarized an occupied residence five days earlier.

Both suspects are in custody at the Walla Walla County Jail on other matters.

College Place police believe Hermanns and Contreras entered the apartment of Dorothy Schneider about 10:55 p.m. April 3 while she was asleep on the couch. One of the masked men -- allegedly Contreras -- said, "This is a robbery," and displayed a knife. Another woman, Cally Schneider, was in the home, and Contreras told her to sit down and not move or he would kill her, according to a police report presented this morning in Superior Court.

Contreras allegedly took Dorothy Schneider's purse from her bedroom and fled out the front door. Hermanns, meanwhile, is suspected of going into the bathroom, stealing prescription medication and leaving out the back door.

Officials later interviewed Contreras as a possible suspect and he admitted committing the robbery with Hermanns, the police report says. Contreras told authorities Hermanns was carrying a handgun in his waistband at the time.

Contreras also reportedly said Hermanns had admitted to him he burglarized an apartment on Puff Lane a few days earlier.

In that crime, Hermanns is suspected of donning a black ski mask, arming himself with a knife and entering the residence of Andy Porter, 1027 Puff Lane, Apt. H, about 9:45 p.m. March 29.

The door to Porter's apartment was ajar and he was at his dining room table at the time.

The burglar held the knife pointing down as he approached Porter, police said. Porter grabbed for the burglar's hand and suffered wounds to his own hand in the process. The burglar walked out of the apartment after Porter drew a revolver from his right pants pocket and pointed it at the intruder's chest.

Porter is a reporter for the Union-Bulletin.

Hermanns, who currently has no permanent address, is being held on investigation of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and residential burglary in connection with the home invasion crimes. Bail was set this morning at $250,000.

Contreras, of 922 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, is under suspicion of first-degree robbery related to the Fourth Street heist, with a bail amount of $100,000.

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

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