Man charged in attack at retirement community

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WALLA WALLA — The suspect in last weekend’s attack of a man at Affinity at Walla Walla was charged Tuesday in Superior Court with four felonies.

Jason H. Beeman, 22, is accused of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.

Officials said Beeman tried to enter the back door of the retirement residence at 1706 Fairway Drive about 7 p.m. Saturday, supposedly wanting to speak with maintenance.

He then allegedly went around and entered through the front door, which should have been secured, and started confronting 56-year-old Bruce Boyington inside.

Beeman walked up to Boyington, told him he wanted all his money and threw two punches, according to a police report filed in court.

Beeman missed, but Boyington tripped and “Beeman got on top of him and started punching on his head,” the report says.

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.

Bail later was set at $50,000.

Beeman, who lists conflicting addresses, had been released from jail earlier this month after serving 60 days for damaging a door to an attorney-client visiting booth at the facility in December.

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

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