Man charged with attempted rape

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WALLA WALLA — A man has been formally charged in Superior Court with trying to rape a woman at a local residence last weekend.

Brendan F. Nichols, 34, was charged Tuesday afternoon with second-degree attempted rape.

He also is accused of third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and two counts of harassment.

Nichols allegedly tried to rape the woman about 10:15 p.m. Saturday and struck a man — who tried to intervene — in the jaw.

Nichols is acquainted with both victims, officials said.

He also fought with responding officers, struck and scratched one officer and threatened to kill two of them, according to a police report filed in court.

Nichols — who allegedly admitted he had been using marijuana and cocaine — was booked into the County Jail after being restrained at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Bail later was set at $50,000.

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