WALLA WALLA, Washington – A Walla Walla man arrested in October 2018 and charged with a string of burglaries is currently serving a sentence in Idaho for possession of a controlled substance. Robert Frates had a bench warrant issued last summer after he failed to report for a court-ordered urinalysis test.
“Our office will be seeking temporary custody of him from Idaho Department of Corrections so we can bring him here, try his cases, get them resolved one way or another ,” Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle said.
Nagle said that after his office completes its cases against Frates, the suspect will go back to Idaho to finish his sentence there.
“If any additional time has been imposed by our Washington courts after he’s been in Idaho, then he comes to Washington and serves his time in the Washington Department of Corrections,” Nagle said.
Nagle explained this is the process that is used in order to get temporary custody of people and end up jailed for a separate crime while they have unanswered charges in Walla Walla County.
“This process is the state’s right to resolve those kinds of cases,” Nagle said.
Frates and Tisha Ann Place of Walla Walla were arrested in October 2018 after detectives served a search warrant at a mini-storage unit on Woodland Avenue and at an apartment in the 300 block of Chase Avenue. Three vehicles were also impounded at the Chase Avenue location. While there was a string of 19 burglaries between late September and late October 2018, Nagle said in an earlier interview that both Place and Frates were only connected to three of those cases. Place was sentenced in July 2019.