Centralia Man Charged With Robbery in 2016 Domestic Dispute

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Centralia man was arrested this week on a robbery charge stemming from a domestic dispute over a necklace that occurred more than a year ago. 

Jose Paulino Escamilla-Orellana, 25, made his first appearance Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on charges of second-degree robbery, third-degree theft and fourth-degree assault, domestic violence. 

“I’m at a loss as to why law enforcement took so long to catch up with him,” Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said. 

The incident in question allegedly occurred in July 2016. Escamilla-Orellana was arrested Saturday, according to Lewis County Jail records, and charges were filed on Monday. 

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke granted Escamilla-Orellana $10,000 unsecured bail, meaning he would be released with a promise to reappear for future hearings. 

“I don’t see any concern that he would be a flight risk,” she said. 

However, she did grant a request from the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for a no-contact order barring him from speaking with the alleged victim. His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9. 

According to court documents, police responded on July 14, 2016 to a report of an assault in the 700 block of Euclid Avenue in Centralia. 

A woman reported Escamilla-Orellana, her boyfriend, ripped a necklace he earlier gave her off her neck, scratching her, during a dispute. 

“The case remained in limbo for a year,” according to court documents. 

On Saturday, police responding to a child abuse complaint involving Escamilla-Orellana and the same woman noticed the two of them were referenced in the still-open robbery investigation from 2016. 

The alleged victim reportedly told officers she and Escamilla-Orellana reconciled and he gave her the necklace back.