Bail is set at $250,000 for a Centralia man accused of breaking a woman’s hand with a pipe and then threatening a man who confronted him about the assault on Nov. 18.
The man, identified as Tyler Reeves, 28, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail at approximately 11 a.m. on Nov. 18, according to jail records. The case was initially charged in Centralia Municipal Court, but was elevated to a Lewis County Superior Court after a medical exam revealed the severity of the victim’s injuries. He was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with one count each of second-degree assault, domestic violence second-degree assault, and domestic violence felony harassment on Nov. 29.
Reeves is accused of threatening to kill a woman during a verbal dispute and then pulling out a metal pipe and striking her right hand with it, according to court documents. A medical exam at the hospital later revealed the woman sustained two fractures in her right hand: a nondisplaced fracture to the third metacarpal bone and a closed fracture to the neck of the third metacarpal bone.
The woman reported the assault to a male relative the same day it occurred on Nov. 18, according to court documents. When the relative confronted Reeves about the assault, Reeves allegedly “pulled out a pipe and threatened him by holding it above his head,” according to court documents.
“Mr. Reeves is a significant threat to community safety. He has a significant history of domestic violence,” Judge Joely Yeager said during Reeves’ preliminary hearing in Lewis County Superior Court on Wednesday.
She cited a previous domestic violence case on Reeves’ record where he was convicted for threatening a girlfriend and the girlfriend’s sleeping child with a firearm.
“And now he’s accused of threatening another girlfriend,” Yeager said.
Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7.