Robbery suspect pleads to assault

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WALLA WALLA — A man accused of robbing his ex-girlfriend in March pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to a reduced charge.

Marcial Tiscareno Jr., 24, entered the guilty plea to the charge of third-degree assault.

He faces a standard-range jail term of four to 12 months when he’s sentenced later.

As part of a plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to reduce the charge from first-degree robbery — domestic violence.

Police said Tiscareno went to the apartment of Nicole O’Neel in the 1500 block of West Rose Street on March 13. An argument ensued, and he grabbed her purse and took out money.

Tiscareno and O’Neel started struggling, during which Tiscareno kicked O’Neel in her right thigh, according to a police report filed in court.

Tiscareno left with about $450, but O’Neel phoned dispatch and pursued him while carrying her infant child.

“When he realized the police were en-route, he threw the money back in her face,” the police report says.

They then reportedly struggled over the money a second time, with O’Neel trying to fend him off by kicking at him before he ran away.

Tiscareno, of 608 N.E. Fifth Ave., Milton-Freewater, was arrested by Walla Walla police March 25 during a traffic stop and was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail.

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