Alleged burglar faces multiple charges

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WALLA WALLA — An area man has been arraigned on multiple charges in two criminal cases filed against him in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

In the latest, Roberto R. Arroyo, 23, is accused of first-degree burglary, third-degree theft, third-degree attempted theft and possession of burglary tools.

He pleaded innocent Monday afternoon and his trial was set for April 21.

He also faces trial April 15 after entering innocent pleas to second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and riot for allegedly participating in an attack on two pedestrians in the area of Chase Avenue and Maple Street early last year.

In the burglary case, officials claim Arroyo entered the home of Shelby Fullen at 521 Martha St. on Feb. 28. while family members were asleep and tried to get away with a television set mounted on the wall of a bedroom.

Fullen reportedly heard noise in his child’s bedroom, went in to check and saw Arroyo standing in front of the TV that was partially removed from the wall.

Fullen grabbed Arroyo, threw him to the ground and held him while his girlfriend called dispatch and authorities arrived, according to a police report filed in court.

A Blu-ray player in the bedroom was missing and someone also apparently tried to remove a large flat-screen TV mounted to a wall of the home’s living room.

Officials speculate that another intruder got away.

A dagger-style folding knife allegedly was discovered in Arroyo’s front pocket and a small flashlight was found next to where he was detained by Fullen.

Regarding the assault matter, Arroyo allegedly was among about 10 suspected gang members who surrounded William D. Hale Jr. and Kevin J. Reynolds and attacked them as they were walking home from a local tavern about 11:55 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013.

Shots from an air gun apparently were fired.

The victims tried to defend themselves. But Hale was hit and kicked in the head, suffering facial injuries, including a depressed fracture of a nasal bone. He also received treatment at Walla Walla General Hospital for a BB wound to his right hand.

The charges are based on DNA evidence allegedly found on a shoe police seized from Arroyo a couple of days after the attacks.

He is incarcerated in the Walla Walla County Jail.

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

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