Caught on Video: Centralia Man Charged After Breaking Woman’s Collarbone

By The Chronicle

A Centralia man accused of breaking a woman’s collarbone during an incident Sunday said in court Tuesday that he believed he acted in “self-defense.”

“The good news is he caught himself on video,” said Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer.

Nathan J. Jellen, 37, of Centralia, was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of second-degree assault, domestic violence.

Jellen also allegedly had a fugitive from justice warrant for his arrest from Texas. However, he disputed the warrant and said the case was already taken care of.

Meyer asked for $100,000 bail, saying the alleged assault was “alarming” and involved serious injuries to the victim.

Defense attorney Rachael Tiller asked for unsecured bail, arguing that Jellen felt himself to be the victim.

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered him held on $50,000 bail for the assault charge, but said she had no control over the no-bail warrant from Texas.

Jellen’s next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

According to court documents, police responded on Sunday to Providence Centralia Hospital for a report of an assault and met the alleged victim, a woman with her arm in a sling and a black eye.

She told police she was at Jellen’s house, acknowledging that a protection order prohibited her from contacting him.

She reported they had an argument over a phone and that Jellen pushed her into a dresser.

Police later learned her collarbone was broken in three places.

Jellen told police the woman attacked him, according to court documents. He told police he had security video of the incident.

According to court documents, the video showed that Jellen “bear hugs … and body slams” the victim to the floor, rendering her unconscious.