By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
A fourth suspect was charged this week for her part in allegedly assaulting a man with baseball bats in retaliation for a stabbing that wounded a Chehalis teen early this month.
Stormie M. McKenzie, 19, of Winlock, made her first appearance Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on a charge of second-degree assault.
McKenzie was booked into the Lewis County Jail on a $100,000 arrest warrant in the case on Saturday, according to jail records.
Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered her bail to remain at $100,000, the same set in first appearances for three other suspects in the case, in accordance with a request from the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Given the violent nature of this offense, we think a large bail amount is appropriate,” Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said.
Taylor S. Rodgers, 20, of Chehalis, Jesus Adrian Gomez Mendez, 19, of Centralia, and Victor Esteban Gonzalez, 18, of Centralia, were charged as co-defendants Oct. 19 after making their first appearances in Lewis County Superior Court on one count each of second-degree assault.
McKenzie will be the fourth co-defendant in the case. Meagher said he wasn’t sure why McKenzie was arrested more than a week after the other three defendants.
According to court documents, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded on Oct. 13 to the 200 block of Brockway Road after receiving a report of an assault.
The alleged victim reported that at 1 a.m. the previous night, he was walking his dog when a white 1990s Honda Accord pulled up at the end of his driveway.
He saw four people in the car, including two females and two males, according to court documents.
He reported three people wearing masks got out of the car and one struck him in the head with a baseball bat.
He reported that he believed the assault was done in retaliation for his role in an incident in which a 17-year-old boy was stabbed Oct. 5 in a parking lot at the Chehalis Walmart and that the attack was an act of retaliation.
Jose F. Chagolla-Flores has been charged with first-degree assault in the stabbing. He told police the victim in that incident punched him in the face, and admitted to the stabbing. He fled the scene of the incident in a vehicle and was arrested later.
One suspect told investigators that the victim of the assault was believed to have driven Chagolla-Flores away from the scene of the stabbing.
According to court documents, Rodgers was identified as the driver of the car in the Oct. 13 incident and a witness reported McKenzie was one of several people with bats. Gonzalez reportedly told investigators he punched the victim, according to court documents.
Two other participants, one a minor, were identified in court documents but have not yet been charged in Superior Court