MILTON-FREEWATER — A local man was arrested after allegedly physically harassing his ex-wife and assaulting a man early Sept. 21.

Joseph Ray Wildman, 39, was booked into Umatilla County Jail on booking charges of Second-Degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and physical harassment.

According to a news release from the Milton-Freewater Police Department, the alleged incident took place at the victims’ residence in the the 100 block of Southeast Second Avenue.

MFPD Chief Doug Boedigheimer said Wildman allegedly used a baseball bat and brass knuckles to assault 21-year-old Deven R. Berg and also slapped and pulled the hair of 41-year-old Leslie A. Garcia.

Wildman turned himself into police about 4:18 Sept. 21.

According to the release, Berg was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla for treatment.

Jeremy Burnham can be reached at or 509-526-8321.


Jeremy covers courts and public safety for the Union-Bulletin. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2019 with a degree in journalism.

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