Centralia Men Charged After Allegedly Breaking Jaw of Man Who Asked Them to Slow Down


Two Centralia men are facing second-degree assault charges for allegedly breaking a man’s jaw after he reportedly asked them to slow down while driving in the 1500 block of Lewis Street on Sunday. 

The victim reported that he had been walking when he saw a silver SUV speed toward him and he “motioned to the vehicle and told the driver to slow down,” according to court documents. Two men, later identified as Javier Robles Jr. and Adrian Rojas, and a juvenile then allegedly “jumped out of the vehicle and attacked him” before getting back into the vehicle and fleeing the scene. A responding Centralia police officer observed that the victim “had a split lip” and it was later confirmed that the victim suffered a broken jaw as a result of the attack. 

The victim contacted police dispatch on Tuesday, May 4, to report that he saw the silver SUV parked at the end of Lewis Street. Police made contact with the two men and the juvenile associated with the vehicle, and the victim identified them as the people who had attacked him on Sunday, according to court documents. Both Robles and Rojas were booked into the Lewis County Jail at 9 p.m. on May 4. 

Judge Joely A. O’Rourke granted Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead’s request to set each defendant’s bail at $100,000 and issued a protection order prohibiting them from going within 1,000 feet of the victim and the victim’s residence on Lewis Street. 

Halstead had initially requested that Robles and Rojas be prohibited from travel on the entirety of Lewis Street, citing “concerns about intimidation” of the victim given violent offenses in each defendants’ criminal history. 

Both defendants are 18 years old and have limited criminal history as adults, but O’Rourke considered both Robles’ and Rojas’ juvenile histories in her rulings on bail and release conditions. Robles’ juvenile record was public at the time of court proceedings and O’Rourke ruled to unseal Rojas’ record. 

Both Robles and Rojas are scheduled to reappear in court for arraignment hearings on May 13.


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Jon Coulter

Kids ride their bikes on Lewis. Pedestrians walk Lewis on walk to the boat launch. This boat launch is neglected by the city, and by it our overworked police department. Basically it is a haven for drug sales, prostitution, and needs a camera. We have polite and hard working Latinos in out neighborhood, but theses to characters need the full force of the law and a ban from Lewis county Thugs need not have rights, or a reason to be here..

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