Trial set for November in attack at retirement community

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WALLA WALLA — A suspect charged in connection with an attack at a local retirement residence pleaded innocent Monday to four felony counts.

Jason H. Beeman, 22, was arraigned on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and third-degree assault. Walla Walla Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann scheduled trial for Nov. 18.

Beeman was arrested on those charges on the evening of Sept. 14. Officials said he attempted to enter the back door of Affinity at Walla Walla on Fairway Drive, then went around and entered through the front door, which should have been secured.

Once inside Beeman allegedly confronted Bruce Boyington, 56, telling Boyington he wanted all his money and then throwing two punches at him.

Beeman missed, but Boyington tripped and “Beeman got on top of him and started punching on his head,” a police report said. At that point a police officer arrived and Beeman was taken into custody.

He also allegedly spat at a different officer at the scene and at the County Jail.

Beeman remained in jail today with bail set at $50,000.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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