Vancouver teen suspected in attack by gang

Two males were assaulted, robbed

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Legacy High School senior appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on accusations he participated in a gang assault and robbery of two male victims.

William S. Tillmon, 17, of Vancouver was held on $100,000 bail. He faces charges of second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and riot with a weapon at his May 15 arraignment. Vancouver attorney Jeff Sowder was appointed to defend him.

He is on probation for a harassment conviction in Clark County Juvenile Court.

He is accused of attacking and robbing two male victims April 19 as they walked in front of the Evergreen Village Apartments, 2501 N.E. 138th Ave., in Vancouver. A probable cause affidavit indicates Tillmon was one of several gang members from the Real Money Hustlers involved in the attack. The Real Money Hustlers are loosely associated with Crips and Sureno gang members and claim the area of Northeast 138th Avenue and Northeast 28th Street as their territory, according to the affidavit.

Tillmon allegedly struck one of the victims with a dark blue baseball bat. That victim was robbed of his backpack. The other victim was struck with a bottle and was robbed of a skateboard. Court documents don't indicate the ages of the victims.

After the attack, police pulled over a van they believe carried the suspects. Multiple suspects fled on foot. The suspects appear to be males between 16 and 19 years old. All were wearing dark clothing and blue or black bandanas.

Authorities allege that Tillmon committed felony riot with a weapon because he worked "in concert by both words and deeds with three or more persons to attack (the victim)."