Chehalis Police Investigate Serious Assault on Green Hill Staff Member

By The Chronicle

The Chehalis Police Department is investigating what is suspected to be a first-degree assault on a Green Hill School staff member by an inmate of the facility, according to Chehalis Deputy Chief Randy Kaut.

The incident was reported at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the juvenile detention facility in the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street.

“It’s still an open case,” Kaut said.

A staff member was reportedly talking to a group of juveniles before the incident.

The staff member “turned around and was facing away from them and one of the juveniles attacked him from behind and knocked the staff member unconscious to the floor,” Kaut said.

The juvenile then punched and kicked the unconscious victim in the back of the head, he said. The victim was treated at a hospital.

The incident was first reported as a custodial assault, but due to the seriousness of the incident, it is being investigated as a first-degree assault, Kaut said.

No arrests have been made. An investigation is ongoing.

Green Hill School is a medium/maximum security facility for juvenile offenders located in Chehalis and managed by the state Department of Social and Health Services’ Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. The facility provides educational and vocational training to older, male, juvenile offenders.