Arrest warrants issued for five men in Eastgate beatings

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WALLA WALLA — Five suspects have been charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with participating in attacks on two men in the Eastgate area in May.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Juan M. Alejandre, 26, of 1108 W. Pine St.; Mario R. Deleon, 30, of 440 Sprague Ave., and his cousin, Thomas C. Deleon, 24, of Pasco; Ray R. Gutierrez, 24, of 319 N. Seventh Ave.; and Emil E. Zamora, 22, of 1107 W. Chestnut St., Apt. D.

None has been located. Anyone with information should call police.

Bail on the warrants for Alejandre and Gutierrez is set at $75,000 apiece. Bail for the other defendants is $50,000 each.

All the suspects are charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and riot.

Officials believe they were involved in the attacks on Cody J. Watson and Ryan C. Larson in the 300 block of North Blue Street about 2 a.m. May 10. The assailants were claiming affiliations with a local gang, according to a police report filed in court.

Watson and Larson had left the adjacent Ming Court, 1533 Isaacs Ave., when they reportedly encountered the five suspects — who also had been at the restaurant — in or near a car.

For some reason, one of the suspects started a fight with Watson, others eventually joined in, and Watson was punched and knocked out, according to authorities. One suspect reportedly stomped on Watson’s face, and several allegedly kept hitting and kicking him in his body and head while he was unconscious.

“(Larson) attempted to help (Watson), but some of the suspects attacked him preventing him from helping (Watson),” the police report says.

Then some of the attackers went through Watson’s pockets — allegedly taking miscellaneous items — and took off in the car.

Apparently no weapons were involved.

Watson was treated at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for a concussion, a nasal fracture and lacerations.

Police have no clear motive. Neither Watson nor Larson has any known gang affiliation.

Charges were filed after police interviewed witnesses and examined still pictures from a security camera inside Ming Court.

In police interviews with suspects, they reportedly denied any involvement and said they weren’t even aware an assault had occurred.

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

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