Man Accused of Threatening Four Victims With a Knife Outside Centralia Business

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An Auburn man is facing assault charges for allegedly threatening four people outside a convenience store in Centralia with a knife on Friday. 

An officer with the Centralia Police Department responded to the 900 block of Harrison Avenue around 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 8 and was told that a subject, described as “a Hispanic male with tattoos dressed in all white clothing,” had just fled the scene on foot. 

According to the victims, the subject approached the four victims asking “about getting some ‘coke’” and “rambling about some other things,” then allegedly “became aggressive” and “chest bumped” one of the victims before pulling a knife out of his pocket, “holding it so the blade was pointing at the victims,” according to court documents. 

One of the victims knocked the knife out of the subject’s hands and he then allegedly fled the scene. 

A Centralia Police officer located a subject matching the victims’ description — later identified as Benjamin Garcia Munoz — about a block and a half away from the scene. The officer deployed his Taser to detain him “as the male refused to follow instructions and stepped towards (the officer) in an aggressive manner,” according to court documents. 

Garcia Munoz was booked into the Lewis County Jail at 12:15 a.m. on Oct. 9, where he is currently being held on a $100,000 bail for one count of second-degree assault. He is also being held on a $75,000 warrant out of King County. 

His next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14.

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