Warrant issued for former WSU football player

Haangana failed to appear in court, arrest warrant with $1,000 bond

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Warrant issued for former WSU football player

The Evergreen works to provide the best information about recent crime and court updates in the Pullman area.

The Evergreen works to provide the best information about recent crime and court updates in the Pullman area.

OLIVER MCKENNA | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

The Evergreen works to provide the best information about recent crime and court updates in the Pullman area.

OLIVER MCKENNA | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

OLIVER MCKENNA | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

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JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

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The Pullman Police Department arrested former WSU football player Christian Haangana in April on vandalism charges along with two other WSU athletes: football player Fa’avae Fa’avae and soccer player Kapuamakamaemalamaonalani “Makamae” Gomera-Stevens.

According to a police report filed by responding officer Dan Dornes two cars were vandalized, resulting in dented hoods and a partially shattered windshield. The damages to the two cars was $4,515.30.

All three suspects were charged with malicious mischief in the third degree, which is a gross misdemeanor. Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said the maximum sentence for the charge is a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

An arrest warrant with a $1,000 bond was issued on Aug. 6 for Haangana after he failed to appear in court for his arraignment. Haangana also failed to appear for his initial arraignment on July 23.

Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy said a bench warrant, also known as a show cause order, was issued that day requesting Haangana appear on the rescheduled date in August.

Jenkins said Haangana may also be charged for violating the court order to appear. He said those charges could lead to additional sentencing.

Tracy said the warrant is effective only in the state of Washington because it is a misdemeanor charge. If arrested in the state, Haangana would be transported to Colfax.

“If anyone knows where Christian Haangana is, I’d sure appreciate it if they would call the Pullman Police Department and let them know,” Tracy said.

On July 22, Gomera-Stevens pleaded not guilty to the charges and has waived her rights to an arraignment. Jenkins said Gomera-Stevens’ pre-trial is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Fa’avae’s charges were dismissed on July 24 after he filed for a misdemeanor compromise to be accepted by the court.

Tracy said a compromise can be filed when someone is charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor. For a compromise to be filed, the victim of the charge would have to tell the judge they have received full compensation for the injury caused. Dismissing the case would be up to the judge’s discretion.

“In Fa’avae’s case, he contacted the owner of the car and ended up paying the owner of the car some amount of money,” Tracy said.

The compromise required Fa’avae to pay the victim for the damages caused as well as pay for all court costs. Fa’avae paid a total of $1,150.

The Pullman Police Department can be contacted at (509) 334-0802.