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News brief: I-5 construction area crash sends one to Harborview

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Updated at 9:47 a.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

One person was airlifted after a collision early this morning between a motorcycle and a Mack truck at a freeway onramp in Centralia.

Firefighters called at 5:20 a.m. to the northbound Harrison Avenue entrance to Interstate 5 found a male on the ground with unspecified injuries.

Riverside Fire Authority reports the Rochester fire department set up a helicopter landing zone at the Scatter Creek Rest Area so the patient could be flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Fire Capt. Erik Olson described the injuries as serious.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a dump truck was turning onto the ramp from a construction site when the motorcycle entering the freeway struck its trailer. Scott R. Bliss, 44, of Rochester was ejected from his 2007 Harley Davidson, according to the state patrol.

Police closed the northbound ramp and a portion of Harrison was also blocked. Trooper Will Finn advised motorists to expect delays.

Wesley G. Snelson, 61, from Galvin, was the driver of the 2004 Mack dump truck and was reportedly unhurt. His rig was not damaged, according to the investigating trooper.

Bliss had been wearing a helmet; his motorcycle was described as totaled and was impounded.

The collision remains under investigation.

Read about turmoil in Tenino after police chief termination …

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports the city council in Tenino passed a no confidence vote of the mayor during a packed meeting last night in which citizens called for Mayor Bret Brodersen’s resignation for firing the police chief.

Chief John Hutchings was terminated on March 25 after almost two years with the city.

News reporter Andy Hobbs writes Brodersen said he is moving forward with hiring a new chief and has no intention to resign.

Read about it here

Read about Winlock’s police chief to retire …

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter


Winlock Police Chief Terry Williams

The (Winlock) Town Crier reports Police Chief Terry Williams is stepping down after 35 years with the city, the last 16 as head of the department.

Editor Stephen Floyd reports Williams told him he isn’t certain of what he will do after retiring on June 30, but might consider staying on as a reserve officer.

Floyd writes the chief told him his career in law enforcement has been made up of both good and bad experiences, but mostly good.

Read about it here

News brief: “Stolen” pup back with owner

Monday, April 13th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Chehalis police this morning report the 8-week-old Chihuahua that went missing from the Wal-Mart parking lot last week turned up safe and sound.

2015.0409.chihuahuastolenAn officer called on Wednesday afternoon was told by its owner the puppy fell from his his vehicle while he was setting items inside of it, and when he went to retrieve her, she was nowhere to be found. Witnesses said they saw a man with a backpack pick it up and put it in his jacket.

Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said  this morning the owner was talked to over the weekend and apparently the little dog was found when it came crawling out from under his vehicle’s seat.

Bailey said it wasn’t clear if the one-pound pup had been hiding there the whole time or if perhaps whoever picked it up had put it back in the vehicle while the owner was looking around. She said she also didn’t know how much time passed before the pet was located.

For background, read “Dognapping outside Wal-Mart” from Thursday April 9, 2015, here

News brief: Fire claims Centralia area home

Monday, April 13th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters report nobody was hurt but a single family home is a total loss after fire broke out early this morning east of Centralia.

Firefighters called about 4:35 a.m. to the 100 block of Hideaway Hills Lane found the roof burning and the structure well-involved in flames, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

A barking dog alerted the two occupants even before the smoke alarms sounded, according to a news release.

Members of three other departments arrived to help and the blaze was brought under control within about 30 minutes, according to the news release.

The cause is under investigation, Chief Mike Kytta states. Kytta noted several pets were accounted for.

Read about Chehalis resident loses life on kayaking outing …

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Two kaykers died – including 39-year-old Mandi Walkley of Chehalis and a 52-year-old Lacey man – after they and a third individual were rescued by Coast Guard crews from rough waters near Dungeness Bay yesterday, according to The Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times writes they were part of a church-affiliated group of seven who encountered three foot seas in 35 mph winds yesterday afternoon.

Walkley was hoisted from the water by a Navy helicopter crew and all three were life-flighted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Peninsula Daily News.

However, a nursing supervisor this morning at Harborview said the hospital received only a 50-year-old man from the incident, and he is in critical condition.

A supervisor at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham this morning confirmed Walkley was brought to them and is listed as deceased.

Read more about it here

News brief: Centralia picks new police chief

Friday, April 10th, 2015


By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia has chosen a new chief of police, and he’s from California.

Carl Nielsen comes from the Turlock Police Department in California’s central valley, where he is second in command.


Carl Nielsen

He was one of five men extensively interviewed in mid-February and introduced to the public following a nationwide recruitment effort.

In a news release today making the announcement, Centralia City Manager Rob Hill asks the public to join the city in welcoming Nielsen, and extending a helping hand during the transition. He starts work here on May 18.

Nielsen previously served eight years as a sergeant at the Tracy Police Department, also in central California, and before that spent 14 years with the San Diego Police Department. He holds bachelor and masters degrees in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach.

He has been active with both Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, according to Hill.

Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg is retiring, after 11 years as head of the department with 31 commissioned officers.

Nielsen, 50, said he’s going on eight years at his present department. He and his wife Jan previously purchased a home in Rochester, with an eye toward retiring in this area in the next 10 years.

She trains police dogs and the couple came to know this area through a friend in the same profession who lives in Tenino, he said.

He describes his style as collaboration; not just partnerships, but relationships, he said.

“I discovered early on if you try to do everything yourself, you can isolate yourself,” he said. “And it doesn’t work as well.”

The pay for the police chief in Lewis County’s most populated city was advertised as between about $100,000 and $122,000. Nielsen will be earning $112,656, according to the city.

News brief: Coroner says Centralia’s man’s death was accidental

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lester S. Thomsen’s death on the railroad tracks in Centralia last week was accidental, according to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office.


Lester Stephen Thomsen

Chief Deputy Coroner Dawn Harris said an autopsy conducted yesterday showed the 65-year-old man died of internal injuries, secondary to blunt force trauma.

The Centralia man was struck by an Amtrak passenger train about 11:30 a.m. last Thursday, a few blocks north of the train depot.

The southbound train came up behind Thomsen who was walking on the tracks. Police said Thomsen looked over his shoulder and was moving toward the side of the tracks when he was hit.

The coroner’s office listed Thomsen as transient because that’s what police officers at the scene indicated, and his grown son didn’t object to the information, Harris said.

Friends and family said he was born in Centralia and most recently lived in the B Street neighborhood with roommates.

For background, read “Friends, family puzzle over death on the train tracks,” from Saturday April 4, 2015, here

News brief: Centralia resident accosted in alley by tall thief with body odor

Monday, April 6th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 63-year-old woman was mugged when she walked out to take out the trash in an alley off the 800 block of H Street in Centralia overnight.

Officers called about 1:50 a.m. looked for a male dressed in dark clothing with a hood over his head, but have not located him as of this morning.

Police were told she was confronted by the male who demanded money and when she told him she had none, he pushed her against the garbage can and searched her pockets. He then ran away, according to police.

Centralia Police Department Sgt. Stacy Denham said it doesn’t sound as though she was hurt.

The victim said the perpetrator was tall, spoke with a Spanish accent and had body odor, according to the Centralia Police Department.

News brief: Male victimized during motel room tryst

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Updated at 1:24 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Police arrested three women yesterday after an individual who thought he was getting sex in exchange for money found roughly $1,100 was taken from his wallet at a Centralia motel.

Officers called about 6:40 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road concluded three females conspired to the theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police say one or two of the females agreed to sleep with the victim  for money, and perhaps also his friend, and while the man was distracted a third female stole the money; then the women fled the motel.

Police Sgt. Stacy Denham said there was a language barrier, as well as the participants giving somewhat different versions of what specifically transpired. The victim is a local man in his in his 30s, who speaks Spanish, according to Denham.

When the suspects were subsequently located and arrested, almost all the cash was recovered, police report.

Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft were Lucinda J. Fields, 43, and Jamie R. Wilson, 33, both of Centralia, according to police. Yolanda Ramirez, 26, also from Centralia, was arrested and released, Denham said.

News brief: Arson investigation follows dumpster fire

Monday, April 6th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Authorities are investigating after an apparent intentionally set fire behind a downtown Centralia bank last night.

Police and firefighters were called about 9:20 p.m. to the corner of West Main and Pearl streets by an individual who found fire in a recycling dumpster behind Washington Federal. The 911 caller had pulled the container away from the building and the flames were quickly extinguished, according to responders.

A covered walkway sustained heat and smoke damage, as did the masonry exterior of the bank, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

It appears someone set the fire, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The incident is under investigation.

Onalaska illegal marijuana enterprise case headed toward plea deal instead of trial

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Onalaska couple arrested in February for an overgrown personal medicinal marijuana operation are working on a plea deal, the details of which will be revealed when they return to court in two weeks.


James and Laveta Arnold

James L. Arnold and Laveta L. Arnold have been free on bail, but were charged with money laundering, manufacture of marijuana and possession with intent to to deliver.

Centralia Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the pair late last year and in mid-February searched their property on the 200 block of Griel Road and seized 40 pounds of marijuana and 614 plants from an indoor garden, along with  cars, trucks, firearms and a den full of mounted animal heads, according to authorities.

The couple ages 55 and 52, have no previous criminal history, according to their court files.

The Arnolds appeared in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday afternoon where lawyers asked for a hearing at 10 a.m. on April 15 in front of Judge James Lawler.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said he and their attorney have a tentative agreement.

“We have a working idea in place, I can’t really get into it,” Masiello said.

Police said the illicit business was generating approximately $136,000 per year, and that James Arnold admitted to  purchasing all or part of several vehicles with proceeds, as well as financing numerous hunting safari trips to Africa to hunt large trophy animals.

Whether the couple can expect to get back any property that was confiscated is a different issue, Masiello said.

Masiello said that is a civil forfeiture case, and he understands they are working on that with Centralia police.

For background, read “News brief: Griel Road residents plead not guilty in marijuana case” from Thursday February 19, 2015, here

Read about the real reasons Tenino police chief was fired …

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Tenino Mayor Bret Brodersen wanted to keep the change in police chiefs low key, out of respect for Chief John Hutchings’ professional reputation, he says, but given mounting criticism on social media for firing Hutchings last week, decided to share the background publicly.

In a lengthy news release issued yesterday, Brodersen lays out issues involving the city’s exposure to a significant financial penalty that could result in cuts to city services related to an audit from the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a conflict between the number of hours Hutchings reported working compared with the number of hours he was authorized to work.

Brodersen also describes recently learning the police chief added a paid reserve police officer, not approved, not budgeted for and in violation of city statute that prohibits payment. The un-named reserve officer collected more than $10,500 over the past few months, according to the mayor.

Hutchings was hired by Brodersen’s predecessor in the summer of 2012. He was terminated last Wednesday.

Brodersen said on Thursday it was a difference in philosophies; and that he planned to hire a new chief as quickly as possible.

The Olympian describes the firing as partly due to Hutchings generally overstepping his bounds and writes about Hutchings’ supporters plan to march on city hall and circulating a petition to reinstate Hutchings.

Read more about it here.

News brief: Local resident arrested for RE/Max office arson fire

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night in connection with the fire the night before at a real estate business on the 1000 block of Johnson Road.

Darren G. Waggoner was arrested at his home for first-degree arson and second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Firefighters responding about 11 p.m. on Sunday to the RE/Max office on Johnson Road near Caveness found smoke rising from the roof and flames inside on the main floor. It was quickly extinguished.

Centralia police say security video from the nearby Les Schwab showed a person breaking a window, and was the same person a police officer spoke to at the scene of the fire. A computer and a cell phone were recovered and the investigation led to Waggoner, according to police.

For background, read “News brief: Centralia real estate office hit with arson” from Monday March 30, 2015, here

News brief: Monetary part of judgement reduced for defendants in malnourished horses case

Monday, March 30th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A Morton area couple couple won their appeal of a court order to pay more than $20,000 restitution for the cost of care, boarding and veterinary expenses for their horses seized by the sheriff’s office in 2012.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office confiscated nine horses from property at the 800 block of state Route 7 following an investigation into animal neglect, saying one was in such poor condition it had to be put down.

Joanne M. Simmons, 65, and Terry L. Simmons, 58, were initially charged in Lewis County Superior Court with six counts of first-degree animal cruelty and two counts of second-degree animal cruelty.

The couple accepted the state’s amended plea offer and subsequently pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree animal cruelty, misdemeanors associated with knowingly allowing the animals to live in conditions that caused unnecessary pain.

The Simmonses argued that the trial court abused its discretion when it imposed restitution for costs connected to uncharged or dismissed crimes, according to the opinion issued last week from the Washington State Court of Appeals.

The three-member panel of judges agreed the trial court erred and remanded for modification of the order to provide for only the costs associated with the horses subject to the pleas.

The couple was represented in their appeal by John Hays in Longview and Jodi Backlund in Olympia. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg argued for the state.

For background, read “Former owners of Morton horses charged with animal cruelty” from Tuesday November 13, 2012, here

News brief: Centralia real estate office hit with arson

Monday, March 30th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police are investigating a fire that broke out last night at a real estate business on the 1000 block of Johnson Road.

After it was extinguished, it was determined someone had broken in to RE/Max and lit the fire, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police Sgt. Jim Shannon said he understood the damage was fairly substantial.

Riverside Fire Authority reports it responded about 11 p.m. and located fire inside the building on the main floor and quickly extinguished it. The building sustained moderate fire and smoke damage, according to Capt. Terry Ternan.

It was just four weeks ago when someone set fire to a children’s medical clinic in Centralia.

News brief: Tenino police chief let go by mayor

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Tenino’s mayor says he plans to hire a new police chief as as soon as possible after letting go Chief John Hutchings yesterday.

Hutchings was hired by Mayor Bret Brodersen’s predecessor in the summer of 2012.

“It’s just a difference in philosophies,” Brodersen said, calling the termination a release from service.

The small department is budgeted for a chief, three officers and a part time administrative person, but currently has only two officers, according to Brodersen. He appointed one of them as officer in charge for the time being, he said.

“I’m looking forward to improving the police department and continuing to provide quality services in the future,” Brodersen said. “I thank Mr. Hutchings for his service to the community and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

News brief: Hospital to turn on backup generator Saturday morning during electrical system upgrade

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A planned brief shutdown of the power at Providence Centralia Hospital on Saturday morning means its outpatient pharmacy and outpatient lab will be closed.

Several departments, including the emergency room, will be using generator power during that time, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Providence has been working with Centralia City Light to improve the reliability of its power supply, according to spokesperson Chris Thomas.

“We upgraded the electrical transformer in September connected to the east side of the building, and now we’re connecting the west side of the building,” Thomas said. “We don’t anticipate any problems.”

It begins at 7 a.m. and won’t take very long, but they’ve given themselves a two-hour window to complete the work, according to Thomas.

News brief: Thurston County prevails on accidental bite by K-9, of another officer

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An appeals court ruled in favor of Thurston County yesterday, regarding an incident in late 2010 in which its police dog bit a Tumwater officer in the testicle during a search in a darkened building for a burglary suspect.

According to Thurston Deputy Rod Ditrich, K-9 Rex thought Tumwater Officer Bryent Finch was a threat when Finch shouted at the suspect to show his hands, at the same time Ditrich was calling Rex to come back to him.

The two men were standing next to each other.

Finch drove himself to the hospital, underwent surgery and then on June 6, 2012 filed suit against the county, the sheriff’s office, the deputy and the deputy’s wife, according to court documents.

A judge hearing the case in Mason County Superior Court granted a summary judgement to the respondents dismissing the strict liability claim. Finch, and his wife Patricia Finch appealed.

The opinion issued yesterday by the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, held the legislature abolished strict liability claims for injuries from lawfully used police dogs, even though the police dog exemption didn’t go into effect until the day after Finch’s suit was filed.

The Finches initially also claimed negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, but had dismissed those two portions after the Mason County decision, according to court documents. Deputy Ditrich and his wife are immune from civil liability under a statute regarding police dog handlers acting in good faith, according to the appeals court.

The three-member panel was unanimous.

For background, read “Read about police dog bites police man in groin in Thurston County …” from Friday November 19, 2010, here

In case you missed it: Coroner hopes releasing name of dead woman will lead him to next of kin

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Chehalis Police Department says this picture of Sara Candice was taken in about 2007; authorities are looking for her relatives.


By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The coroner is appealing to the public for help to find family of the woman whose skeletal remains were discovered on a wooded Chehalis hillside a month ago.

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Coroner hopes releasing name of dead woman will lead him to next of kin

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The Chehalis Police Department says this picture of Sara Candice was taken in about 2007; authorities are looking for her relatives.


By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The coroner is appealing to the public for help to find family of the woman whose skeletal remains were discovered on a wooded Chehalis hillside a month ago.

All attempts to locate next of kin by his office and the Chehalis Police Department have been unsuccessful, Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod said today.

McLeod released her name, Sara Candice, her age, 56, and where she lived, which he described as the Twin Cities area.

How and exactly when she died remains unknown.

The human remains were found by a surveyor about a quarter mile east of the 2200 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue on Feb. 23. The spot was remote, a rugged hike from  property where some earthmoving is underway east of Yard Birds Mall.

Police estimated she had been there about a year, based on personal papers found in a handbag-type bag near her. There were no signs of a homeless encampment and no obvious signs of foul play at the scene, according to police.

Her identity was confirmed through dental records the coroner secured using a name found in the papers. She was not reported missing, as far as police know.

McLeod said today he couldn’t give out any information about the woman, such as what they have learned about where she lived or where she worked, citing confidentiality.

“We don’t know anything about any employment,” he said, however.

He has been told she might have a brother in Alaska or Canada, and he believed she traveled a lot, he said.

“One of the contacts we were able to find said she used to go all over the country, and send her post cards,” McLeod said.

The decedent was a roommate of the contact’s niece, he said.

McLeod said he didn’t know her middle name, but that police might, since they have her identification. Chehalis police say they don’t have a middle initial or name.

Chehalis detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said they found former addresses for Candice in both Chehalis and Centralia. Her most recent residence was an apartment on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia where she lived alone, Wilson said.

“She didn’t have a lot of associates and didn’t have any real connections,” Wilson said.

They located some people Candice had business dealings with and they gave indications she pretty much kept to herself, he said.

Wilson said police could not find that she had a driver’s license in any state. The only local law enforcement contact with her was in 2012, he said.

“So, she was just one of those people who was not in trouble with the law,” he said.

The receipts found with her go back to March of last year, he said.

When detectives went to the apartment where Candice last lived, nobody was living there, WIlson said.

“The people who controlled the apartment hadn’t heard from her, rent was not being paid, so it was being cleaned up,” he said.

Chehalis police secured a photo taken of Candice from a law enforcement agency in Arizona, which Wilson said he thought was taken in about 2007.

Wilson said he doesn’t feel like police are any closer than they were a couple of weeks ago to finding out how or why she died.

The goal for both police and the coroner right now is to locate her relatives.

The condition of her body was such that no autopsy could be done, but her remains have been sent to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office where a forensic anthropologist may or may not be able to determine a cause of death, according to the coroner.

McLeod asks anyone with information regarding the decedent and possible next of kin to please call the coroner’s office at 360-740-1376.

For background, read “News brief: Dental match confirms identity of Kresky Avenue remains” from Thursday March 5, 2015, here

Town meeting: Got a question for the sheriff, the prosecutor?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The sheriff and prosecutor are getting ready to hit the road, for a series of town meetings around Lewis County, to talk with citizens, answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

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Sheriff Rob Snaza

Newly-elected Sheriff Rob Snaza and Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer plan to speak about projects their offices are involved in, their agency goals for the future and their accomplishments.

Both will welcome interaction from the audience, according to a joint news release.

The first meeting is set for Wednesday afternoon, at the Salkum Timberland Library in Salkum. It begins at 3 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m.

Snaza, elected to a four-year term in November, says he’s always felt such gatherings are beneficial to provide transparency about what they do.

“Partnerships between law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, and the citizens living in the county are so important when trying to reduce crime and deal effectively with community issues,” Snaza states.


Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer

Meyer, who ran unopposed in November and won a second term, encourages those who can attend to do so. He thinks it will be a productive meeting.

“I believe this meeting will be an excellent opportunity to share how well we are doing to ensure justice is served for victims in Lewis County,” Meyer states. “I look forward to answering questions about the process involved in prosecuting those who break the law, and talking about some of our successes these past few years.”

Future town meetings will be held throughout the year in different communities in Lewis County.

What: Town Meeting with Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza and Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer
Where: Salkum Timberland Library, 2480 U.S. Highway 12, Salkum
When: Wednesday March 25, 2015
Time: 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Police: Centralia resident tries to rob Titus Will

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 26-year-old man was arrested this morning for robbery after he allegedly beat up an employee at a Chehalis auto dealership, trying to get vehicles without paying for them.

Police called about 7:15 a.m. to the 2500 block of North National Avenue were told the employee was approached by the man in the parking lot at opening time, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

“He told the employee he wanted three cars, struck the employee, threatened he was going to kill him and struck him a couple more times,” department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

The suspect was gone when officers arrived, but was subsequently located by Centralia police, Bailey said.

She said she didn’t yet have all the details, but the victim said his assailant didn’t make much sense. The 55-year-old declined aid, Bailey said.

One witness at Titus Will Chevrolet Buick told officers the man mentioned he had a family to feed, she said.

Jonas K. Doyle, 26, from Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to police.