Union-Bulletin Court Report

Five people appeared Monday in court in connection with the beating a woman and holding her against her will because she owed them money for drugs.

Gregorio Diaz, 22, and Crystal Velasquez, 34, both of Milton-Freewater; and Jazrale L. Ruston, 19, Chelsey Arriola Morris, 23, and Miguel Angel Reyes, 26, of Walla Walla, are accused of beating a 23-year-old woman over three days.

All were arrested for investigation of unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault; Arrioloa-Morris, Reyes and Ruston were arrested for harassment; Arriola-Morris and Diaz were arrested for possession of a controlled substance; and Velasquez was arrested for unlawful imprisonment.

They are each being held at the Walla Walla County Jail on $75,000 bonds, except for Reyes, who has a $100,000 bond, and Velasquez, with a $50,000 bond.

They were arrested on Saturday and Sunday in various locations, after the woman called police.

According to court documents, the woman was walking near Arriola Morris’ apartment on the 200 block of East Cherry Street, when she was confronted by Arriola Morris and Diaz at gunpoint.

The woman told police multiple people took turns beating and threatening her over three days for an alleged drug debt, records stated. She also said they eventually took her to her mother’s house to borrow $260 to pay off the debt, during which she was able to escape and call the police.

Police said the woman had bruising and other injuries consistent with defensive wounds. They also searched the apartment where the alleged crimes occurred and found evidence, including drugs and drug paraphernalia, records stated.

Reyes also was charged for investigation of DUI after he allegedly crashed into the O’Brien Chevrolet Nissan car dealership on State Route 125 Thursday evening. He and his passenger, Bryanna Rea-Arroyo, 24, were injured and taken to the hospital.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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