Another teen guilty in attack on Orting business owner

Staff writerFebruary 18, 2014 

A second teen accused of attacking an Orting bicycle shop owner has been found guilty in Pierce County Superior Court.

The court ruled last week that the 15-year-old male was guilty of second-degree assault in the Oct. 24 incident, where Trailside Cyclery owner Brian Backus suffered injuries in a confrontation at River Avenue and Bridge Street in Orting.

The News Tribune does not name juvenile crime suspects unless they are charged as adults.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Benton said the teen faces 15 to 36 weeks in juvenile detention, and will be sentenced Feb. 26. The other suspect, a 17-year-old male, was sentenced to the same range back in December. 

Both juveniles were charged in November. Charging papers state Backus was attacked after confronting the suspects for allegedly damaging his personal bike outside his business.  

Backus had to undergo surgery on a broken leg, and closed his shop as a result. 

Trailside Cyclery remains closed, but Backus said he plans to reopen soon at an unknown date. 

He told The News Tribune that last week’s ruling helps clear up claims that the suspect acted in self defense, something Backus said sparked false accusations that he was a acting as a “vigilante” in the October incident.

“I felt like I was on trial for four and a half months,” Backus said.

The court rejected the self-defense claim based on evidence in the case.

Brian Leech, the deputy prosecutor assigned to the case, said that the ruling found the defendant was an aggressor in the incident and he wasn’t entitled to claims of self defense.


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