Olympia teen that went missing near airport has been arrested for murder

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A 16-year-old Olympia boy who went missing on August 31 and was found safe on Tilley Rd S the next evening, has been arrested for murder by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

On August 31st, around 5:30 pm, Thurston County deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the 16100 block of Tilley Rd S. They found a vehicle registered to the parents of 16-year-old Gabriel Davies. Davies’ parents said he was supposed to be going to football practice at Olympia High School at 4:00 pm, but he never arrived.

There was a small amount of blood and a smashed cell phone at the scene where his vehicle was located, leading Deputies to come to the conclusion that he was missing under suspicious circumstances.

After publishing information about the missing teenager online, TCSO Detectives received multiple tips from people who said they saw Davies walking alone on Tilley Rd at approximately 5:30 pm that night. Search and Rescue resources, including resources from Olympia Police, the FBI, WSP, and the WA State Parks Department, searched for Davies until they located him safe around 10:00 pm the next evening, September 1st.

Concurrently, at 9:26 am on September 1st, deputies in Pierce County say they responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 21900 block of 190th St E in Orting. They were dispatched because the 51-year-old resident had not shown up for work in 4 days.

Deputies entered the residence and located the man deceased from a gunshot wound. No firearm was nearby. Detectives from PCSD spent Thursday and Friday processing the scene. On Friday night, they had reached probable cause to arrest two 16-year-old males in connection with the homicide.

Gabriel Davies and another 16-year-old male were booked into the Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Pierce County on charges of Murder 2nd Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Man arrested for murder following shooting on Libby Road

A 31-year-old man was arrested for 2nd Degree Murder following an argument which led to a shooting at a residence on Libby Rd NE.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence in the 4400 block of Libby Rd NE around 10:30 pm on Monday for a report of a disturbance with shots fired. According to scanner traffic on the original dispatch, a man called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot someone who was attacking his roommate. He left his gun on the back porch and cooperated when Deputies arrived.

Arriving Deputies quickly detained the suspect and another female on scene. It’s unclear what involvement, if any, the female had in the incident. The 39-year-old male victim was deceased on scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies said that further investigation revealed an argument had transpired between the men, leading to the shooting. The suspect is being held in Thurston County Jail pending charges of 2nd Degree Murder.

Olympia Police investigating stabbing at Wheeler camp

Olympia Police are investigating after a man was dropped off at St. Peter’s Hospital on Saturday night with critical stab wounds to the neck, and the car that dropped him off sped off at a high-rate of speed.

Around 8:00 pm, staff at St. Peter’s called 911 when the male was dropped off. The vehicle that dropped him off was described as a 4-door grey Hyundai Sonata. Staff could only get a partial plate. The vehicle reportedly drove on Ensign Rd towards Martin Way, into oncoming traffic, at a high-rate of speed, according to scanner traffic.

Officers in the area began to search for the vehicle. Around 10:00 pm, officers were in the area of the homeless encampment on Wheeler Ave SE. One officer stated that he thought he had just found the crime scene.

A few minutes later, the vehicle in question was located inside the camp, which officers stated smelled like bleach. Other items of evidence were also located in the area, and the car was towed to the OPD jail as an evidence impound, according to scanner traffic.

Officers continue to investigate the stabbing, and the condition of the victim is unclear at this time.

WSP tracks brandishing suspects in stolen car from Vancouver to Auburn, arrest made

WSP Troopers with assistance from their aircraft “Smokey” tracked a suspect vehicle in a weapons brandishing from Clark County to King County on Friday. When the vehicle pulled into an ATM in Auburn, Troopers moved in and made the arrest.

Around 12:00 pm on Friday, August 19th, WSP Dispatch received calls about the driver of a Toyota Camry brandishing a weapon at other drivers on I-5 north. Troopers located and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. The vehicle returned as a stolen car and it was also involved in two recent shootings in the Portland area.

Troopers did not pursue the vehicle, but little did the driver know, he was being tracked by a WSP plane. He was tracked through Thurston County on I-5 north. The driver eventually pulled into a Heritage Bank ATM drive-thru in Auburn. Troopers were able to prevent the subject from escaping and made the arrest without incident.

Detectives are applying for a search warrant for the car, according to WSP. There was a gun in plain view on the floorboard. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for eluding and possession of stolen property, pending additional charges.

“This is a tremendous example of coordination from WSP districts as this vehicle headed north from Vancouver.” WSP wrote in their press release. “The Aviation Section of the WSP played such a vital role in tracking this vehicle so troopers did not have to pursue. This was an awesome job with Districts 5, 1 and 2 as there was seamless communication and coordination with the aircraft to ultimately bring this to a close.”

Man killed in shooting near Rainier Vista Park following fireworks show

One man is dead following a shooting near Rainier Vista Community Park in Lacey after the annual July 3rd Fireworks Show had ended.

According to Lacey Police, who were dispatched to the scene around 11:00 pm, the incident started as an argument in the neighborhood and moved into a field south of the park. Witnesses reported hearing an argument just before shots were fired.

Officers arrived and quickly called for medics from Lacey Fire. Aid was rendered to the victim who did not survive.

Due to initial uncertainty about whether there was still an active threat, deputies from Thurston County Sheriff’s Office responded, as well as officers from Olympia and Tumwater Police Departments, according to scanner traffic.

The suspect is still outstanding. He is described as a black male in his early 20’s, wearing all black clothing. Anyone who has information should call the Lacey Police Department at 360-459-4333.

Shooting at Drexel House appears to be self-defense, shooter not in custody

The shooting that occurred the evening of Friday, June 17, at the Drexel House Apartments in the 600 block of Pattison St SE, at this time appears to be a self-defense shooting as police say the shooter is not in custody.

Drexel House II for Veterans. Thurston County Housing Authority.

Thurston County Scanner, News, and Weather Blog originally reported the incident on Facebook on Friday. Olympia Police were dispatched to the scene at 9:44 pm. 911 reports said that a man had been shot in the lobby, and the shooter was still on scene and another person had secured the firearm in an office.

Olympia Police along with paramedics from Olympia Fire responded and attempted life-saving measures on the man but he died at the scene, according to scanner traffic.

Police say the man was highly agitated and was causing a disturbance outside, then entered the lobby of the apartment complex where he drew a large knife and charged a man sitting in a chair. The man sitting in the chair drew a pistol and shot him twice.

The shooter and witnesses were taken to Olympia Police Department and interviewed by detectives. At this time, the shooter has not been charged and the case remains an open investigation.

According to the Housing Authority of Thurston County, The Drexel House II for Veterans is “permanent supportive housing subsidized with project-based Vouchers.” It is owned and managed by Catholic Community Services. Qualifications are “Single individuals who are chronically homeless at time of application and who may benefit from case management services. There is a priority for honorably discharged veterans.”

Suspect in custody following armed robbery, carjacking, shots fired near elementary school

Photo courtesy Thurston County Sheriff.

A suspect is in custody following a series of crimes – including two armed robberies, a high-speed chase, and shots fired at Deputies near an elementary school – in the Lacey area on Friday afternoon.

It all started when Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery at Buddie’s Grocery, the Shell station on the corner of Martin & Carpenter, around 2:00 pm. The suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle. This is the second armed robbery at this location in the last six weeks.

Deputies attempted to contact the suspect vehicle at the Arco station on Martin Way near Ranger, according to scanner traffic. The vehicle fled northbound on Hensley St and crashed near Olympic View Elementary School.

Deputies attempted to chase the suspect on foot. It was at this time he fired shots at the Deputies as he was carjacking a Toyota Tundra on Horne St NE. The suspect successfully carjacked the vehicle and fled east on Martin Way and eventually onto I-5 northbound.

He was pursued to the area of Exit 120 in Lakewood at speeds of 100+ mph but Deputies and officers from assisting agencies eventually lost sight of the vehicle. They requested assistance from the WSP plane, Smokey, and King County’s Guardian One helicopter, but both were unable to fly.

A few hours later, officers in Tacoma got in a pursuit with the vehicle and the suspect was apprehended, according to a post on the Thurston County Sheriff Facebook page.

The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail on multiple charges of armed robbery, armed burglary, motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen firearm, eluding a police vehicle, and several other charges.

Six people arrested at Lacey hotel this week, including one for suspected drug dealing

Lacey Police officers are noting an increase in criminal activity at the Super 8 Hotel on College St SE. Six arrests have been made at the location in the last week, including three last Saturday.

A female suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine at the Super 8 Hotel on College St SE last weekend. Photo obtained from the Lacey Police Department.

Saturday, January 29 at approximately 5:30 pm, officers contacted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the hotel. When they approached the vehicle, they immediately noticed a large digital weighing scale on the dashboard, tinfoil on the drivers and passenger side floorboards, syringes in the passenger door, and a cellophane bag on the center console that appeared to contain a white powder residue.

The vehicle was occupied by two males and a female. One of the males gave the officers a driver’s license that wasn’t his and the other gave a false name. Once their true identities were discovered, officers confirmed both had felony warrants for their arrest and were taken into custody. One had to be transported to St. Peter’s Hospital for medical clearance, as he had swallowed narcotics.

The female was removed from the vehicle and detained while officers continued their investigation, though she was not placed in handcuffs due to new law requirements. She had a large crown royal bag hanging from her neck which contained a large amount of cash.

She gave consent for the officers to search the vehicle, and they located a large handbag that contained female products and a nylon case. Inside the nylon case, officers found large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. The female suspect was then placed under arrest for possession with intent to deliver.

Officers seized $4,522.72 in US currency in all denominations, as well as approximately 23 grams of cocaine, 69.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and 85 grams of heroin. The female suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail and is currently being held on $15,000 bail.

The two male suspects who had felony warrants for their arrest were booked into Nisqually Jail. One was released Friday and one is still in custody.

Earlier on Saturday, another man had been taken into custody on a felony warrant at the hotel. The next day, Sunday, yet another suspect was arrested after officers confirmed he had a felony warrant. (For those keeping track, that’s five arrests at the hotel in two days). Then, on Tuesday, another arrest was made when officers found a suspect to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Officers noted in their report on the narcotics arrest – “The Lacey Police Department has been experiencing a significant increase in criminal activity such as narcotic use and sales, overdoses, auto thefts and multiple stolen vehicle recoveries at this location.”

Thurston County deputy arrested on suspicion of domestic violence crimes

An off-duty Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested at his home last week on suspicion of domestic violence assault and malicious mischief after a fight with his girlfriend, according to case records obtained from the Tumwater Police Department.

Tumwater Police responded to the incident around 11:00 pm on Thursday, January 27th. The deputy’s girlfriend had fled their home in her vehicle and called 911. Officers met and interviewed her at a nearby convenience store.

The officer’s investigation led them to develop probable cause to arrest the deputy for assault and malicious mischief. He is accused of hitting the victim in the face with an open hand and throwing an object at the back of her car, shattering the window.

Tumwater officers were going to wait until supervisors from Thurston County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home to contact the deputy, but he came outside and began to get in his vehicle, so officers detained him.

Supervisors from the Sheriff’s Office arrived shortly after he was taken into custody and took possession of his duty weapon, badge, commission card, and patrol vehicle, according to the report.

With the suspect’s consent, the Tumwater Police Department also took custody of his seven personally-owned firearms for safekeeping.

The suspect was transported to the Nisqually Jail where he was booked on suspicion of Assault 4th Degree – Domestic Violence and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree – Domestic Violence. Jail records show he was released the following day on personal recognizance.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has not released a statement in regards to the deputy’s arrest.

Two adults, one child killed in Rainier house fire

Two adults in their 40s and a 3-year-old child were killed when their house caught fire in the Rainier area early Saturday morning.

Detectives with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after an early-morning house fire killed three people near Rainier.

Firefighters from the Southeast Thurston Regional Fire Authority were dispatched to the scene at the 16100 block of Village Dr SE, off of Vail Cutoff Rd SE, at approximately 1:20 am. Neighbors called 911 and reported that the house was on fire, with flames visible from nearly every window and door, according to scanner traffic.

Firefighters arrived to find the single-wide mobile home fully engulfed. A female in her 20s was able to escape the blaze, and she told firefighters that there were three people still inside.

Despite rescue efforts, a couple in their late 40s and their 3-year-old granddaughter were killed in the fire, according to a release from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office and fire investigators will be working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.