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Third suspect in attack on bicyclist arrested

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
July 21, 2011 3:12 pm

The third suspect accused of assaulting a 71-year-old bicyclist from a moving car in Puyallup was arrested Wednesday night.

Lakewood police took 21-year-old Cory Shawn Romero into custody after receiving a tip on his whereabouts.

Pierce County prosecutors have already charged Romero with second-degree assault and tampering with a witness. Two others believed to be in the car during the July 2 attack – Kendall Leigh Williams and Kyle Adams Baker, both 20 – were also charged with second-degree assault.

Romero’s charge of tampering with a witness stemmed from an alleged threat he made against Williams when she asked him what he’d done to the bicyclist.

Williams was behind the wheel when Romero and Baker leaned out her car windows and pushed and punched the bicyclist until he lost control and crashed, according to charging documents.

The rider suffered six broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and several abrasions.

Investigators said Romero has prior convictions for domestic violence and one for unlawful imprisonment.

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