SOUTH BEND — When two fugitives in an attempted murder case made a quick trip to a South Bend grocery store on Tuesday, Sept. 5, all they got was a free ride to the Cowlitz County Jail.
Kelso Police were looking for Craig Steven Henry Christy, 25, of South Bend, and Charles Nick Mallis, 21, of Kelso, in connection with the non-fatal Sept. 3 shooting of a 17-year-old Kelso boy, Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock, of the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office said in a Sept. 6 phone interview.
Shopping for suspects
Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, local dispatchers received an “attempt to locate” notice from Kelso Police for Christy, Mallis and a third suspect, Harley Dakota Hanson, 18, of Longview. The notice included a description of their vehicle, and said they might be hiding in Pacific County.
“Literally minutes after [Deputy Jesse Eastham] received the info, he left the courthouse and went down to check a possible address in South Bend. As he was heading to that address, he happened to see that vehicle parked at Pioneer Grocery,” Matlock said.
Christy and Mallis were arrested without incident, and taken to Pacific County Jail. Kelso Sgt. Kevin Tate and Detective Tim Gower came to interview them, then transported the two men to Cowlitz County Jail. Hanson was arrested in Cowlitz County the same day.
As of Sept. 7, all three remained in Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder. Mallis and Christy are also suspected of first-degree assault. No bail has been set.
A shooting in Kelso
Police are revealing few details of the shooting, because the victim is a minor and the investigation is still active, Kelso PD Capt. Darr Kirk said on Sept. 7.
The three suspects apparently got into a dispute with a 17-year-old boy who lives in the 500 block of Lincoln Street in West Kelso.
The victim knew the suspects. According to the Longview Daily News, he and his girlfriend allege that Mallis and Christy threatened to assault them in Facebook messages and phone calls. The victim told police that on Saturday night, he and his girlfriend were on his front porch when Hanson allegedly arrived on a bike and said Mallis was planning to confront him, according to TDN.
Kirk said investigators are still working out the exact sequence of events, but they believe the three suspects arrived at the victim’s home between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Around 3 a.m., one of the suspects shot the victim in the upper left side of his chest. The suspects then allegedly fled. Kirk declined to provide any information about the weapon.
There were witnesses to the shooting, Kirk said. The victim’s family took him to St. John Medical Center in Longview. He is expected to live.
From Winlock to the West Side (of Kelso)
According to Harley Hanson’s Facebook profiles, he went to high school in Winlock, a tiny Lewis County town best known for being home to the “World’s largest egg.” He later lived in Longview, and at least briefly attended the University of Washington.
Hanson appears to strongly identify with gangster rap and urban street culture, frequently affecting a style and tone not entirely aligned with his upbringing in a former poultry-farming stronghold in decline. In one post, he referred to his friend as his “nigga.”
His legal troubles started when he was in his early teens, with a 2013 Lewis County conviction for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. In 2016, a Cowlitz County judge granted a protection order to two females who alleged that Hanson had stalked and harassed them. In August, Lewis County issued a bench warrant after Hanson failed to appear on a second-degree theft charge.
His posts also reveal struggles with addiction. Last November, he shared a quote from Narcotics Anonymous, and said he was trying to get clean.
“I am ready, ready for change, ready to be happy, I am ready to start my cleansing,” Hanson wrote.
A local connection
Matlock said he had not heard of Christy, the South Bend resident, until KPD sent out their notice. Other media outlets have said Christy also spent time in Cowlitz County.
The oldest of the three by several years, Christy appears to have little social media presence. He does not have any previous felony cases in federal, Washington or Oregon courts. However, public records show that in 2012, the state placed a lien on him in Pacific County for a child support debt of about $2,000. In 2013, he was the subject of a second child-support-related lien for an undisclosed amount in Thurston county.
Matlock said he did not learn why the men came to South Bend during PCSO’s brief investigation.
“We just simply detained them in accordance with the Kelso Police Department,” he explained.
A chaotic life
Charles “Charlie” Mallis kept numerous social media profiles that suggest he led a chaotic life. His posts reveal a strong interest in gaming, gangster rap and street life, as well as frequently troubled friendships and relationships and a history of drug abuse.
Mallis’ first encounter with the Cowlitz County justice system occurred in 2012, when he was convicted of fourth-degree assault while still in his mid-teens. In 2014, he served three months in Cowlitz County Jail for second-degree assault, tampering with evidence and vehicle prowling, followed by 18 months on probation. In 2015, he was listed as a “transient” when he was arrested for drug possession. In March 2017, he was booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.
A former R.A. Long High School student, Mallis appears to have spent time in the Longview/Kelso area, with frequent stints in other parts of the Northwest. In one Facebook profile, he said he lived in Astoria between 2014 and spring 2017, working as a seafood processor. More recently, he appears to have started a landscaping business in Southern Oregon, and attended community college in Longview.
Charles in charge?
Kirk declined to say which suspect allegedly wielded the gun.
A couple of hours after the shooting, Mallis made the first of several brash posts on one of his Facebook accounts.
“I’m fresh, I’m fly, I’m ride or die,” Mallis wrote at 5:04 a.m. His language bore an eerie resemblance to one of the final messages Marysville freshman Jaylen Fryberg sent before he fatally shot five other students and himself in October 2014. In a text, Fryberg apologized for killing his friends, saying, “I need my ride-or-dies with me on the other side.”
At 5:24 a.m., Mallis wrote, “You are going to beat me up, f--- me in the mouth. Ha. How’d that turn out for you buddy? Hospital visit fun?”