Winlock Man Held on $100K Bail in Alleged Robbery, Stabbing

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Winlock man was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly stabbing a man in the leg and stealing his money after attempting to stab a man riding by on a bicycle, according to court documents. 

Jose S. C. Torrence, Jr., 24, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. 

Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio asked for $100,000 bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations. 

“The concern here is the risk to public safety as well as that to the victim,” he said. 

Superior Court Judge James Lawler agreed to impose the bail amount and set Torrence’s next hearing for Thursday. 

“This is a real dangerous situation,” he said. “That calls for high bail.”

Police responded at 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia to a report of an assault. 

The alleged victim reported he was standing in front of a bar when he heard a woman yelling. He walked in the direction of the woman, who was running from Torrence, according to court documents. 

The woman got in a car and drove away. The victim said he saw Torrence lunge at a man riding a bike with a knife, but missed the rider. 

The man jumped off his bicycle and ran away, the victim told police. 

When the victim went to pick up the bike, he said Torrence stabbed him in the leg and took his money.

Other men in the area tackled Torrence until police arrived, according to court documents. Officers found the knife on the ground. 

“Torrence was questioned about the incident and he admitted the knife was his but stated they were all just playing around,” according to court documents. “Torrence appeared to the officers to be intoxicated.”