Gerald Neil Walkup

Gerald Neil Walkup

Two inmates charged with second-degree assault after alleged jailhouse beating

PORT ANGELES — Two Clallam County jail inmates are charged with second-degree assault after they allegedly beat up another inmate, breaking his ribs.

Gerald Neil Walkup, 26, and Nicholas Tyler Roberts, 21, were charged Wednesday in the July 12 assault.

Video surveillance at the jail shows Walkup and Roberts beating another inmate, punching and kicking him, and fracturing his ribs, according to court records.

The victim “attempted to protect himself during the assault by covering his head and body with his arms as Walkup and Roberts continued to deliver several blows,” according to court records.

Walkup remained in the Clallam County jail Wednesday on $460,000 bond and $280,000 bail for multiple cases.

Roberts is being held on $18,500 bond and $14,000 bail for warrants, a drug possession charge and the assault charge.

Walkup, a convicted felon, is also charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, heroin and methamphetamine; possession of a stolen firearm; four counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm; and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.

He was charged in April after deputies found the largest ball of black tar heroin some had ever seen.

He was arrested April 2 after allegedly fleeing deputies and crashing his vehicle in Gales Addition.

Deputies seized 950 grams of heroin, more than 400 grams of meth, four guns, about 20 cellphones, dozens of car keys, 100 ounces of silver and about $9,000 in cash, according to court records.

Walkup’s trial for the drug and weapons charges was originally scheduled for July 31 but was postponed until Aug. 21.

He posted $200,000 bond on the charges in May but was back in jail earlier this month accused of driving on a suspended license.


Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsula