Suspect Held on $25,000 Bail on 2004 Charge for Kicking Car Door

A California man made his first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court Thursday on a malicious mischief charge filed 13 years ago. 

Thomas D. Dickison III, 35, was originally charged with first-degree malicious mischief in September 2004. 

According to court documents, he was accused on April 17, 2004, of kicking the side of a person’s car in a parking lot in Centralia, leaving several large dents, after a dispute. 

Prosecutors filed charges five months later, and an arrest warrant was issued after Dickison reportedly failed to respond to a court summons in the case. 

Defense attorney Rachael Tiller, representing Dickison at his first hearing Thursday, said her client never received the summons, and moved from Centralia to California before the case was charged. 

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead asked for $25,000 bail given the length of time Dickison allegedly evaded capture on the warrant. Superior Court Judge James Lawler agreed to impose that amount. Dickison’s next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.