Woman pulled from her car in Providence Centralia Hospital parking lot, runs inside to call 911

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 8:51 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 24-year-old Lacey man is in custody after an employee at Providence Centralia Hospital was the victim of an apparent attempted car jacking early this morning.

Police were called at 3:37 a.m. to the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road where the victim described what had occurred in the hospital parking lot.

She told police a black male had approached her while she was warming up her vehicle, asked her if she worked there and then lingered after she told him no, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The woman called security staff but before they arrived, the man opened her door, forcibly grabbed her out of the vehicle and got inside, according to police.

“The victim, who sustained minor injuries and torn clothing from the force of the grab, managed to grab her keys and ran back to the hospital where she contacted security,” Centralia detective Sgt. Carl Buster stated in a press release.

Officers arrived to the area, summoned a K-9 and set up containment, according to Buster.

A deputy recalled contacting an individual matching that description earlier, off Interstate 5’s exit 77 in Chehalis, who had been carrying a hammer, Buster wrote.

The deputy spotted that same person walking nearby on Cooks Hill Road. He was contacted and the victim identified him as their suspect, according to Buster. His hammer was found nearby, Buster said.

Tommy W. Miller, Jr., 24 of Lacey, was taken into custody and arrested for first-degree robbery, according to police.

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5 Responses to “Woman pulled from her car in Providence Centralia Hospital parking lot, runs inside to call 911”

  1. Luke says:

    This is my nephew. He was a completely normal kid until the last year. We have all seen signs of paranoia schizophrenia. He was an amazing person. We are very sad that this has happened. We are happy that he is getting help and wished it would have been sooner.

  2. WeeMan says:

    Oh my god,… the mean streets of centralia. Honesty more fatalities from police shootings and planed parenthood abortions than murders. Just stay off the crack pipe and the pole and those prescriptions that keep making everyone hyper paranoid should be fine.

  3. DebbieAnn says:

    This could have had a horrific ending. So glad he did not kill her.

  4. Steel says:

    I continue to be impressed by our local law enforcement. This could have been a tragedy if not for the victim’s courage, and someone else’s tragedy if the guy hadn’t been caught. I sincerely hope this guy gets enough time that he can never do this again. My wife was a hospital employee and we were always worried about this kind of thing especially after dark.

    Our local cops are great IMO.

  5. BobbyinLC says:

    Thank God he did not kill this woman.

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