By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
An 18-year-old Chehalis man accused of stabbing a 17-year-old in a Chehalis parking lot last month is scheduled to go to trial on Monday, Dec. 4.
Jose F. Chagolla Flores was charged Oct. 9 with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old male in the chest on Oct. 5 in the parking lot of the Chehalis Walmart, sending the teen to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.
He was arrested Oct. 6 and has been in custody at the Lewis County Jail since then.
His trial was originally scheduled to start on Monday, but was delayed for a week.
Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead explained that defendant’s right to a speedy trial means they must go to trial in 60 days if they are in custody, unless they waive their right and ask for a continuance.
“They haven’t waived on this one,” he said. “It’s pretty unusual for this type of offense.”
According to police and court documents, witnesses to the Oct. 5 stabbing reported the males were in a fight but left in separate vehicles before police arrived.
Officers learned from dispatchers that a 17-year-old was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with a stab wound to the chest. As officers responded to the hospital, the boy was being prepped for transportation to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The 17-year-old, identified in court documents related to the stabbing by initials B.A.F. due to his age, was reportedly not cooperative with investigators.
Halstead, the prosecutor in charge of the case, confirmed this week that B.A.F. is Bryce A. Friedley, who along with Brandon Caley, 20, of Winlock, was charged Nov. 17 in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree robbery after allegedly threatening several teenagers with guns.
Investigators caught up with Chagolla-Flores at a friend’s house the day after the stabbing.
Chagolla-Flores told police he agreed to meet a person at the parking lot to sell marijuana. He said he arrived and met the other teen, Friedley who hit him in the face.
According to court documents Chagolla-Flores told police he stabbed Friedley in retaliation.
Both Chagolla-Flores and Friedley claim gang affiliation, but the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office reported at Chagolla-Flores’ first hearing that investigators did not believe the stabbing was gang-related.
Chagolla-Flores claims allegiance to the Surenos while Friedley told officers he is a member of the CLS13 gang.
Stormie M. McKenzie, 19, of Winlock, Taylor S. Rodgers, 20, of Chehalis, Jesus Adrian Gomez Mendez, 19, of Centralia, and Victor Esteban Gonzalez, 18, of Centralia, have been charged with second-degree assault in the incident, which included a juvenile male being beaten with a baseball bat.
Caley was listed as a suspect in the retaliation in court documents but wasn’t charged in that case.
One suspect told investigators that the victim of the assault was believed to have driven Chagolla-Flores away from the scene of the stabbing.
The three cases — the stabbing, the suspected retaliatory assault and the robbery allegedly committed by the stabbing victim — involve the same set of people but are all distinct crimes.
“It makes it a little complicated,” Halstead said.