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Two more suspects in WSU assault arrested, released

Joshua W. Nantz, 23, a WSU student arrested in connection with an assault of WSU professor David Warner, a faculty member at the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, appears in court Thursday at Whitman County Superior Court in Colfax. (Tyler Tjomsland)
Joshua W. Nantz, 23, a WSU student arrested in connection with an assault of WSU professor David Warner, a faculty member at the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, appears in court Thursday at Whitman County Superior Court in Colfax. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Two more suspects in a May 30 assault on a Washington State University instructor were taken into custody today.

John “Matt” Cabanos-Soriano, 22, and Robert D. Bean, 22, appeared in Whitman County Superior Court Friday morning, but were released on their own recognizance because they had no criminal history and were unlikely to flee, prosecutor Bill Druffel said.

Bean surrendered to authorities at Whitman County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:20 a.m. On Thursday, detectives went to Western Washington to meet Bean and Cabanos-Soriano at the Mukilteo Police Department, but the suspects were a no-show.

Druffel said Bean’s attorney was in contact with him last night and the suspect intended to turn himself in Friday morning. Cabanos-Soriano surrendered to authorities at Pullman Police Department around 2:30 a.m.

Both suspects were briefly booked into Whitman County Jail before their first appearance in court at 10 a.m.

Bean was enrolled in a Western Washington school, but withdrew from enrollment to focus on the upcoming case, Druffel said. Both suspects have strong ties to Western Washington, including having home addresses in that area.



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