Two Final Suspects Arrested In Pullman Assault

Apr 12, 2013

All four suspects sought in the assault case of a WSU professor have now been arrested. The two final suspects were arrested Friday morning.

Suspects John Cabanos-Soriano (center) and Robert D. Bean (right) in Whitman County Court Friday morning.
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Shortly after two this morning, 22-year-old John Cabanos-Soriano turned himself in to the Pullman police. A few hours later, 22-year-old Robert D. Bean surrendered to the Whitman County Sheriff’s office in nearby Colfax.

Both men were wanted in connection with the late-night altercation that left Washington State University professor David Warner with a critical head injury. According to police, both suspects live in the Everett area and were visiting the campus the weekend of the March 30 assault.

Court documents are shedding new light on the events of that night. Police say Warner’s companion, a 31-year-old man named Lawrence McDonald, appeared, “extremely intoxicated” and was making comments to passers-by that were according to police, "not pleasant in nature."

Police say the four suspects walked by, a verbal confrontation ensued, and the physical altercation followed soon after.

Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant, says, “the Whitman County prosecutor is going to be looking at this investigation, deciding who gets charged with what and I just ask people to be patient.”

Despite the arrests, no charges have been filed. All four suspects have been released without bail.

Warner remains hospitalized in Spokane. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

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