Chehalis Man ‘Hopped Up on Cold Medicine’ Charged After Assault Over Vacuum Repossession

By The Chronicle

A Chehalis man was arrested and charged in Lewis County Superior Court this week after allegedly throwing a woman down two sets of stairs when she tried to repossess a vacuum cleaner.

Jason R. Ferris, 32, was charged Thursday with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and fourth-degree assault. Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee granted him $10,000 bail.

Ferris was arrested Wednesday after officers responded to a report of an assault on Northeast Franklin Street.

A woman reported she arrived at the location to repossess a Kirby vacuum cleaner for non-payment. She reported that Ferris pushed her down two sets of stairs and hit and kicked her.

Ferris reportedly admitted to the assault, saying he was “hopped up on cold medicine.”

The second-degree burglary and third-degree theft charges stem from an incident on March 12 in which Ferris allegedly stole a bicycle from Walmart in Chehalis.

Ferris was allegedly trespassing in the store during the theft because he was previously ordered not to enter the premises, leading to the burglary charge.

The theft was caught on video footage.