News brief: Window broken, man gravely hurt in downtown Centralia

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Centralia resident in his mid- to late- 20s suffered a life-threatening laceration when he reportedly punched a plate glass window downtown last night.

Centralia police had been breaking up a dispute involving dozens of people behind the two bars on South Tower Avenue when they heard the sound of glass breaking just to the north, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Police Sgt. Kurt Reichert said he understood the man cut an artery, an officer put a tourniquet on his arm and medics came.

It happened on the 100 block of North Tower Avenue at Nyholm’s appliance store, just before 1:30 a.m., Reichert said.

The patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance, according to police. Further details weren’t readily available.

Reichert said nobody was arrested at the bar fight and he didn’t know what it or the laceration victim’s upset was about.

“I would hazard a guess, alcohol was involved,” he said.

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2 Responses to “News brief: Window broken, man gravely hurt in downtown Centralia”

  1. Barb says:

    John, if it isn’t a domestic assault, someone would have had to press charges for an arrest to be made. Clearly, that didn’t happen.

  2. John says:

    “Centralia police had been breaking up a dispute involving dozens of people behind the two bars on South Tower Avenue…”

    “Reichert said nobody was arrested at the bar fight…”

    I would like to know how DOZENS of people are involved in a fight and NO arrests are made? What is the point of a police department response if no arrests are going to be made when something like this goes on? People can just do whatever they feel like doing I guess.

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