Centralia Man Charged After Allegedly Lunging at Strangers With Knife

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Centralia man who allegedly lunged at two strangers while holding a knife late last week was charged Monday with two felony assault charges. 

Larry N. Lamson, 49, made his first appearance Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on two counts of second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon. 

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered him held on $100,000 bail. 

“It’s alleged that he attacked a complete stranger with a knife and this would be his second strike offense if convicted,” she said. 

Lamson has a previous second-degree assault conviction. 

According to court documents, police responded at 6:39 p.m. Thursday to a report of an assault in the 800 block of West Pine Street in Centralia. 

Two men told an officer they were walking a family member to her car when they saw a man standing on the sidewalk, who they later identified as Lamson. They said he was “yelling at them and appeared to be intoxicated.”

The men reported that they told Lamson to go home, and that he responded by threatening to stab them. 

Lamson then allegedly pulled out a folding pocket knife and charged at the victims. 

One of the men drew a “legally concealed” pistol, according to court documents. Lamson reportedly walked away. 

The victims were traveling with a Centralia Police officer to the police department to make statements when they saw Lamson walking in a parking lot. 

Lamson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.