CENTRALIA — Charges against a 24-year-old Centralia man are on hold, as the state asks Centralia police to further investigate a reported armed home invasion last week.
Shaundre Pickett was arrested Sunday in connection with a reported incident at a home Thursday morning on McKee Street. A female resident of the home reported to police that three armed men with masks entered her home and stole money and jewelry.
A witness in the home later identified Pickett as one of the three men involved in the robbery, but Pickett claims he was not involved.
This is the second incident in Centralia this year involving masked gunmen. In March, three armed men wearing ski masks entered a high-stakes poker game in the 300 block of South Locust Street in Centralia.
In that incident, the gunmen ordered the nine players – that included Centralia City Councilman Andre Marshall — to the floor and robbed them of cash, wallets and cell phones.
That case remains unsolved. But according to the police report secured by Withers Broadcasting through a FOIA request, only three of the players initially reported the incident, and only after the location had been cleaned.
Both cases remain under investigation, and police continue to search for the other two suspects reportedly involved in Thursday’s incident.