One man is the suspect in three cases, and appeared in court this morning. Daniel Robert Watson, 39, of Walla Walla, faces multiple charges, including indecent liberties, rape, theft of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, eluding a police vehicle, and abandoning dependent persons. He was extradited to Walla Walla from Harvey County, Kansas.
On Aug. 9, a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office deputy encountered two young teenagers who had allegedly been left on the side of Abbott Road in Walla Walla. They told deputies their parents, one of who court documents say was Daniel Watson, had left them and were fleeing to Florida due to the pending criminal charges. Watson is being accused of sex offenses against a girl that occurred in January of this year. The charges were filed on Aug. 14.
On August 16, a deputy in Harvey County, Kansas pulled a vehicle over for a suspicious looking temporary trip permit. Upon contact, the deputy allegedly saw marijuana, which is illegal in Kansas, and detained both adults. One of the adults was Daniel Watson, and three children were in the back of the car. Deputies in Kansas contacted WWPD officers, who confirmed Watson’s vehicle was stolen. They were held in jail in Kansas for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and the car was impounded.
The attempt to elude comes from an incident in April of this year, when Watson was arrested for allegedly attempting to elude a police vehicle and violating a protection order after fleeing police because he was driving with a suspended license. He was set to go to trial on August 14, but Watson absconded and a warrant was issued. Now, a new trial date will be set.
Watson has since been extradited to Walla Walla County and appeared in court this morning.
Arraignment will be scheduled for September 24 at 3:00 pm to enter pleas to the latest 2 cases. And September 24 to set a trial date on the Attempting to Elude charge.