Chehalis Man Charged With Assault, Robbery After Alleged Attack Over Marijuana

By The Chronicle

A Chehalis man is being held on $50,000 bail and is facing three felony charges stemming from an assault on Friday that occurred after he accused a woman of stealing marijuana, according to the victim.

William B. Pickett, 54, of Chehalis, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree assault, second-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment. Lewis County Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell set bail at $50,000. 

Picket denied any wrongdoing. 

“I’m a church mouse,” he said in court Monday. “So much of this is so far-fetched, it’s unreal.”

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Chehalis police officers contacted a woman who came to the police department to report an assault. 

The woman told police she earlier went to her friend Pickett’s residence to retrieve cat-related supplies and smoke marijuana. 

After she and Pickett smoked, he accused her of stealing some of his marijuana, according to court documents. 

The woman said Pickett grabbed her by a scarf she was wearing and pulled it tight so she couldn’t breathe. She had red marks on her neck, according to court documents. 

The alleged victim also accused Pickett of hitting her in the head and attempted to prevent her from leaving. She said he took her backpack and purse.

Police later found the woman’s purse in Chehalis.

Pickett’s next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.