Centralia Man Accused of Threatening Man With Flare Gun On Monday 


A Centralia man has been charged with first-degree assault for allegedly pointing a flare gun at an apartment building manager on Monday. 

The defendant, Andrew Garcia, 36, is accused of threatening the victim outside of the victim’s home Monday evening.

Garcia allegedly pulled up in front of the victim, stopped his vehicle, then “indicated that he was looking for him,” according to court documents. 

Garcia then allegedly “pulled out what looked like a .22 caliber gun and pointed it at his chest area.” 

The victim reportedly shouted to his wife, who was inside their residence, that there was a gun and then ran. 

The victim’s wife reported that she locked the door after hearing her husband yell, at which point Garcia allegedly “ran up her porch and began banging on her door yelling at her to come outside,” according to court documents. 

Officers with the Centralia Police Department received a call about the incident just after 6:50 p.m. on Feb. 21 and located Garcia in the 1400 block of Johnson Road. 

Responding officers “noted the odor of intoxicants coming from Garcia when he was pulled over in his vehicle” and observed Garcia “swaying and stumbling,” according to court documents. 

A preliminary breath test taken at the scene indicated Garcia’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .156. Garcia reportedly refused a subsequent BAC process at the police station, according to court documents. 

Officers also reported Garcia “had a flare gun in his vehicle that had been partially colored black.” The flare gun reportedly “had a live round and was cocked back when located,” according to court documents. 

According to the officers, “a flare gun such as this would be capable of inflicting severe bodily harm or even death.” 

Garcia allegedly “made comments about blowing off someone’s head and blasting someone in the face with the flare gun,” according to court documents. 

He was booked into the Lewis County Jail at 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 21 and has since been charged with first-degree assault and driving under the influence. 

His bail has been set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for Feb. 24.