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Man charged in warrant search on Chase Avenue

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Early morning raid

Police bring out several paper bags from a house they searched last week in the 500 block of Chase Avenue.

A man arrested during the warrant search of a home last week in the 500 block of Chase Avenue was charged Monday for various crimes.

Billy J. Sargent, 34, of Walla Walla, is accused of first-degree complicity to kidnapping, first-degree complicity to robbery, complicity to intimidating a witness, first-degree unlawful firearm possession and meth possession.

Sargent was arrested after police and SWAT members served a search warrant Thursday at his home to find evidence.

A witness told police on Jan. 25 she was walking on Chase Avenue, near Chestnut Street, when she was confronted by a woman who told her “someone wanted to talk to her,” records stated.

The woman allegedly pulled her into Sargent’s home and locked the door. Another woman attacked her for being a “snitch”, records stated, pulling her down and repeatedly kicking her.

Sargent allegedly was watching the attack while armed with a pistol even though as a felon he’s not allowed to have firearms.

The second woman took the witness’s cell phone and her wallet and pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her as she ran, records stated.

The victim had injuries to her face, including a black eye, a cracked rib and blurred vision.

Sargent is in Walla Walla County Jail with a $375,000 bond. He has a lengthy criminal history, including being sentenced to nearly 15 months in prison in 2009 for first-degree theft, vehicle theft and second-degree arson.

The two women allegedly involved in the assault have not been arrested.

Emily Thornton can be reached at 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.