Documents: Centralia Woman Charged After Man Stabbed in Back Says Man Fell on Knife

By The Chronicle

A Centralia woman was arrested Friday after allegedly stabbing a man in the back after a dispute.

The incident was reported at 1:36 p.m. on Friday in the 1100 block of Centralia College Boulevard, but reportedly occurred the previous day.

Amanda D. Barnhart, 30, of Centralia, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, but she was charged Monday afternoon with the lesser offense of second-degree assault, domestic violence.

She was granted $25,000 bail and court-appointed counsel. Her next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

According to court documents, Centralia police responded Friday after a person reported the alleged victim came to work “with a severe wound on his back.”

The man reported the victim told him Barnhart stabbed him during an argument, but he refused to go to the hospital “because he knew police would get involved if he were to go,” according to court documents.

Police contacted the victim, who told them Barnhart caught him looking at pornography and stabbed him in the back with a folding knife with a two-inch blade.

“(The victim) expressed his desire that charges not be pursued in the matter,” according to court documents.

Police interviewed Barnhart, who reportedly told them she thought the man injured himself by falling on the knife.