Olympia Police made several arrests Wednesday after a demonstration evolved into an unlawful assembly, with lots of graffiti visible as well as a few broken windows.
Two separate groups formed in the early evening, one at Sylvester Park and one at City Hall. The group at Sylvester Park eventually marched down 4th Ave to meet the other group, according to scanner traffic. They allegedly damaged an ATM, broke out windows in a bus shelter, and left graffiti on several buildings as they marched.
Once the two groups merged, around 8:45 pm, they broke several windows at the Olympia City Hall and began to march eastbound on 4th Ave. After giving several dispersal orders, officers engaged with the group in the area of 4th and Plum and around 10 arrests were made. We aren’t sure of the exact number.
The remainder of the group appeared to disperse from there. We will follow up later with additional details on the arrests and the damage that was done.
911 dispatchers, firefighters, medics, and police officers in Thurston County had a busy day Wednesday as the rain poured and the wind blew. The weather caused plenty of issues with trees into power lines, blown transformers, and several collisions, mostly on I-5.
The most serious of the collisions seemed to be a rollover which occurred on the I-5 southbound off ramp to N 2nd Ave SW at exit 103 around 2:30 pm. One vehicle was upside down on the ramp and firefighters had to extricate a trapped occupant. Nobody was seriously injured.
Other collisions occurred near MP 88 in Grand Mound, and MP 111 and 113 in Lacey.
Power outages were also reported. The largest of these outages was in the area of Mud Bay and Delphi Rd west of Olympia which affected around 900 customers. Puget Sound Energy said they estimated that power to be restored by 5:30 pm.
Other power outages were reported across the county, mostly impacting 25 customers or less.
The Olympia Police Department arrested two suspects, a 28-year old man and a 20-year old woman, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and felony harassment early Wednesday morning, arrest records show.
The two suspects are accused of robbing an acquaintance at gunpoint at Sunrise Park in West Olympia. Officers responded to that report on Tuesday afternoon. The suspects got $40 out of the victim’s wallet, according to scanner traffic.
The victim was able to give officers the names of the suspects, the description and license plate of the car they were driving, and the name of the hotel where they usually hang out. Officers found that car at the hotel late Tuesday night.
The suspects were taken into custody at the La Quinta Inn on Park Center Ave in Lacey. Lacey Police officers assisted Olympia with the contact. The two suspects have been booked into Thurston County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Armed Robbery and Felony Harassment. The male suspect also has a warrant for forgery.
Tumwater Police took a man into custody early Tuesday morning after he attempted to lead officers on a pursuit through a residential neighborhood, according to scanner traffic.
Officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, around 3:00 am near 69th Ave and Riverdale St, in the Munn Lake area of Tumwater. The vehicle immediately picked up speed and ran several stop signs, in an apparent attempt to elude officers.
Unfortunately for him, the vehicle suffered a mechanical issue, officers said, and it came to a stop in the 7100 block of Desperado Dr SE. The driver was cooperative and had his hands in the air.
The 36-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of felony Eluding a Police Vehicle. Records show that he also had warrants for domestic violence assault and a protection order violation. He is being held in the Thurston County Jail.