Bismar F. Andres

Third Suspect Charged in Centralia Hotel Robbery

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A third suspect has been charged in connection to a robbery in which a man was lured to a Centralia hotel and then beaten by gun-wielding suspects who later stole his car. 

Bismar F. Andres, 23, of Tacoma, made his first appearance on charges of first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle Thursday after being booked on an arrest warrant in the case. 

He was previously charged Nov. 21 with possession of a controlled substance with no prescription. He failed to appear for a court hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Dec. 1.

At his hearing Thursday, Andres’ attorney, Kevin Nelson, said his client was requesting an interpreter. 

Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee ruled that Andres would stay in custody for the time being on the no-bail hold from the Dec. 1 warrant. The bail amount in the arrest warrant on the robbery charge was previously set at $75,000. 

Andres’ next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1. 

Two other suspects have been charged in the case. Claire J. Carsoner-Garcia, 18, of Centralia, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to her original charges of first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. 

Her sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. 

Maria I. Sevilla-Martinez, 17, of Centralia, was charged as an adult in the case a few days before Carsoner-Garcia. 

Charges against Sevilla-Martinez were dismissed without prejudice on Tuesday, meaning the state can refile charges at a later date. 

An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 20 for another suspect named in court documents — Jose D. DeArcos.

According to court documents,  the Centralia Police Department responded Dec. 6 to a report of a robbery at a hotel in the 700 block of Harrison Avenue and met a man bleeding from a head wound.

He told police his ex-girlfriend, Sevilla-Martinez, lured him to the hotel where he was attacked by suspects with guns. After the beating, they stole his vehicle. 

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Natalie Johnson is the assistant editor for The Chronicle. She can be reached by telephone at 360-807-8235 or by email at njohnson@chronline.com.