Trial dates set in assaults on officers at Washington State Penitentiary


WALLA WALLA — Three Washington State Penitentiary inmates pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to assaulting three correctional officers in December.

Joshua S. Perez, Luis A. Rangel and Marco J. Rodriguez are scheduled for trial July 30 and 31 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on the charges of second-degree assault, prison riot and two counts of custodial assault.

Officials said Rangel, 23, came from behind officer Fred Edinger, used his fist to strike Edinger and pushed him into an officer’s station in the West Complex about 1:15 p.m. Dec. 11.

Within seconds, Rodriguez, 27, and Perez, 26, allegedly ran into the station and joined the assault.

Officers William A. Bermoy and Johnny Gonzalez tried to assist Edinger, but also were assaulted when six more inmates joined in, according to a police report filed in court.

Edinger suffered a concussion, and facial and head injuries in the unprovoked attack, officials said. Gonzalez was treated for a severe fracture of facial bones and Bermoy injured his back when he was pushed or fell to the floor.

They were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment.

The inmates involved were placed in segregation and the West Complex was on lockdown status for a time.


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