Man charged with felony assault after incident with knife in SE Olympia

Olympia officers arrested a man last Tuesday after he was reported to be acting suspiciously, throwing rocks at cars, and lunged at a man with a knife.

Calls began coming in about the man at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, April 20th. 911 callers stated that he was screaming obscenities, yelling for help, and holding a knife. He made his way from the area of Buckingham Drive to the Boulevard Rd/Log Cabin roundabout.

911 callers began to report that he was throwing rocks and chasing vehicles. Finally, a caller who was on foot in the area reported that the suspect had advanced on him with a knife in his hand.

Officers arrived in the area and ordered the suspect on the ground. He complied, but yelled at officers to shoot him and yelled obscenities at the victim. The suspect was found to be sweaty and bleeding from his head. Medics were called to evaluate him. Officers believe that he was under the influence of narcotics or suffering from a mental disorder based on his behavior.

One witness was interviewed who told officers that the suspect had thrown a large rock at his vehicle, causing multiple large dents and was close to smashing out the window.

The main victim told officers that he was running in the area when he saw the male acting erratically in the middle of the road. The suspect began to approach the victim in a threatening manner with a knife in his hand. The suspect was within six feet of him and lunged at him with the knife multiple times.

The victim was able to tell officers where the suspect discarded the knife, and they located it. They also found a knife sheath on his person.

The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail for Assault 1st Degree. Prosecutors ultimately decided to charge him with Assault 2nd Degree. He is being held in the Thurston County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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