Stories from the Street 2014

Family Heirloom Stolen

December 30th

On December 30th, a resident in the northwest neighborhood of Olympia, who lives along the area of 14th Ave NW between Division St NW and Cooper Pt Rd NW, was a victim of mail theft. An unknown suspect stole a package from his mailbox that was sent to him from his sister. Remnants of the torn label from the package were found nearby and we suspect the package was opened shortly after it was stolen. Inside of the package was a folded United States Flag. The victim had a family member who helped raise him as a child. That family member was a WWII veteran. When the family member passed away, this Flag was draped on his coffin and later presented to his family in memorial of his service. Because of the childhood relationship between that Veteran and this victim, the Flag was sent to the victim to keep.

Mail Thefts often occur in rashes through town. Usually during the day, a suspect will walk, drive or pedal along a road, opening mailboxes and stealing the contents, or they will steal packages left on people’s front porches. The thieves are looking for checks or mail with personal information to commit fraud or identity theft. If they find small valuable items that are untraceable, they will trade them for dope or sell them for quick cash. The thieves usually won’t travel too far with mail they can’t use. Sometimes we’ll find a stack of mail lying along the roadside in bushes, or dumped in a nearby business dumpster.

We have a hunch (hoping) that the suspect(s) tossed this box or flag somewhere in the area. If you find a box with a United States Flag in it, or find a Flag lying in the brush…please call us and report it. We’d like to return this important heirloom to the victim and his family. 

In their spare time today, Officers are checking the roadside ditches and areas around the crime. You on Twitter can help us by keeping an eye out, and also by sharing this information with those you are connected to on the west side of town. Thank you.

Two Drug Dealers Arrested at Downtown Park

December 24

By way of some old fashioned police work, surveillance and other investigative techniques, Walking Patrol Officers nabbed two people for selling drugs at the Artesian Commons Park in two consecutive days. Both arrests were the result of on-going investigations. 

The first suspect was caught in the act of selling drugs at the Artesian Commons Park on December 23rd. The arrest involved a dealer who loitered around the park all day selling a single inhalation of drugs from his narcotics pipe for $1.00 to anyone that wanted it. The two drugs he often had in his bowl were methamphetamine or marijuana. Sometimes paying in stacks of four quarters or loose pocket change, his customers would contact him in the park and the suspect would load-up a bowl of whichever drug he had on him that day. His customer was allowed to take one long drag from the pipe for a buck. If the customer had two dollars, he would get two drags…and so on. Twenty-three-year-old Michael C. Binder was arrested for this crime and booked into Thurston County Jail.

In the second case, Walking Patrol Officers received information from Olympia Parks Department Staff that a person driving a blue Cadillac was frequenting the Artesian Commons and Percival Landing Parks and believed to be selling an assortment of narcotics. As the officers conducted their routine downtown area patrols, they began seeing the Cadillac at numerous downtown locations and several other downtown parks. Again using an assortment of investigative techniques, officers were able to catch the dealer in the act on Christmas Eve at the Artesian Commons Park. The dealer got his supply of assorted narcotics by giving “taxi” rides in his Cadillac. In statements to our officers from the dealer and witnesses, we learned that since September of this year, the dealer traveled park to park on a regularly scheduled route, providing transportation to people that could pay him in drugs. In exchange for a few buds of marijuana or whatever drugs the rider wanted to pay him with, the dealer would give the person a ride to any local park, social service agency or location along his route that they wanted to go. The suspect would then turn around and sell or trade the narcotics to others at places along his route. On the day of the arrest, officers watched him sell one person marijuana, then load a couple of people into his car at the park. Fifty-year-old Daymond L. Scott was arrested for this crime. (When stopped in his car by our officers, the suspect had two passengers. The male passenger in the back seat had a Domestic Violence No Contact Order with the female passenger in the back seat. The female had a warrant for her arrest issued by a municipal judge. All occupants were arrested and booked into jail and the car was towed to the police station where it will be searched with a warrant this week.)

A Little Holiday Help

December 10

On November 24, 2014, Olympia Police Officers investigated a home burglary in a southeast neighborhood. The victim reported to the officers that she was away from her home for the day and when she returned, noticed someone had broken her gate to her backyard, which she had nailed shut, and then broke through her back door to gain entry into her home. Once inside of her home, the suspect(s) rummaged through all of her closets and drawers. The 66 year old victim told the officers that she lived by herself and didn’t have much property to steal, so it didn’t look like anything of “any value” was missing. While investigating this crime, the officers noticed that the frame of the backdoor was broken by the suspect. The victim began to nail the back door to the house explaining that she didn’t have enough money to replace the framing and door. Officers tried their best to solve this case, but had little to work with.

Our OlyPD officers recognize that home burglaries are terrible crimes. People feel unsafe in their homes afterwards and often burglars steal very personal items like family heirlooms or the lap top that held all of the family photographs. Burglaries are also some of the toughest crimes to solve. We try our best to patrol our community neighborhoods to stop these crimes. Sometimes, we find other ways to help… 

On December 10th, several of our police officers returned to this residence on their day off of work. Rather than bringing typical police forensic tools, this time the officers met the homeowner with more common household tools and materials. The officers brought a new back door and door frame, exterior lighting, and landscaping tools and materials that they had bought themselves or had been donated to them by other community members who heard about this crime. The officers spent their day installing the new door and frame on the house, new locks for the house doors and a new lock for the backyard gate. They installed exterior motion lighting on the house and trimmed up overgrown trees and shrubs for better visibility to her neighbors. They also did a few other household maintenance things for the homeowner. In the end, the best part of this was the smile and hug from the homeowner. 

False Reporting

December 11

Around 3:00 a.m., OlyPD Officers were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at a downtown apartment. The 911 caller said several people had broken into his apartment and were trying to rob him of money. The caller believed the suspects were armed with weapons. He reported he had fled the apartment and was hiding nearby in the complex. As several officers rushed through town to the location, the caller said that the suspects were leaving in a car with property stolen from his apartment. About five officers quickly arrived in the area and found the suspect vehicle occupied by two females and a male driving away from the area. Officers stopped the vehicle and ordered the occupants out safely. The officers noted that the “suspects” were fairly cooperative for such and violent crime and there was no property inside of the vehicle that belonged to the caller. They found the caller safely hiding in landscaping of the apartment. That’s when a rather long and complicated story began to unravel. 

The caller explained to the investigating officers that he had been downtown around 7:00 p.m. and had let an unknown “homeless” person borrow his cell phone. The caller said he returned to his apartment around 3:00 a.m. when a male and two females showed up at his apartment demanding money. The caller told police he “figured” the person who borrowed his phone had called an escort service and given the escorts his own home address. Those escorts came to his apartment and when he told them he wasn’t interested, they wanted money for their travels. When he refused to give them money, they ran into his apartment to steal his property. That’s when the caller ran away and called 911. 

On the other end of this story, one of the females in the suspect car told the officers she was an escort and the caller had hired her for the evening for $350.00. When she arrived, the caller refused to pay her and wanted sex as part of the service. The woman told the officers that sex was not a service she provided. The woman went on to explain that the caller had contacted her on the internet and arranged a date. She drove to the caller’s apartment from another city with two of her friends. When she went inside, the caller demanded sex with her and when she refused, the caller told her she couldn’t leave. When she inquired about the money, the caller said he didn’t have any. That’s when she called her two friends to help her leave. Her male and female friend came to the front door of the apartment and knocked. The caller/customer opened the door and ran off. Both of her friends were interviewed by police and gave the same story. The woman let the officers look at text messages between her and the caller about this matter. With this story and the text message evidence in hand, the officers re-interviewed the caller.

On the second interview, it turns out there was no mysterious “homeless” man who borrowed his phone. The caller admitted he contracted for the escort service himself, but then decided against it because “she was twenty-five minutes late” to the appointment. He explained that he didn’t have the money to begin with and said he would have just “figured something out” to pay her if she was on time.

This call for service required a lot of police resources. It was reported by the caller as a violent felony crime in progress with armed suspects fleeing the scene. Multiple police officers rushed to the area with lights and sirens, and confronted the suspects with weapons drawn. Then the investigation took about an hour to get the truth from all of the involved parties. This case was referred to the Municipal Prosecutors’ Office for consideration of a criminal charge of False Reporting by the caller.

Lotto Fraud

December 09

Yesterday afternoon, OlyPD officers were called to assist Washington State Lottery officials with a criminal investigation related to lottery ticket fraud. Lottery investigators conducted a compliance check in another city based on complaints they had received and discovered a store clerk was apparently switching high dollar winning tickets for less valuable tickets. The undercover Lottery investigators went into the store with a specially identified and marked $1,000.00 winning lottery ticket and presented it to the clerk, asking her to check the ticket to see if it was a winner. The clerk ran the ticket and told the unidentified agent that it was a $3.00 winner. She proceeded to give him three bucks and the lottery official left the store. 

A pretty short time later, the store clerk showed up in Olympia at the Lottery headquarters and presented the $1,000.00 ticket to collect “her” prize money. That’s when OlyPD was called. When our officers interviewed the clerk, she said she noticed the ticket was oddly marked when the “customer” gave it to her. She told us that she has been selling and checking lottery tickets for “30 years.” But, she said, she must have accidentally mixed up this particular ticket with another ticket that was near the sales counter. She thought the $1,000.00 ticket was one she bought.

The clerk was booked into Thurston County Jail for the crimes of Fraud and Attempted Theft. 

Luring Attempt at Area School

December 01

On Monday, at about 3:00 p.m., two female Olympia High School students were walking home from school. Near the roundabout of Boulevard Road SE and Log Cabin Road SE, a car drove up alongside of them. The male driver (and sole occupant) stopped the vehicle and asked the young women if they wanted a ride. The women declined and continued walking away. The man drove around the roundabout and again stopped the vehicle alongside of them. This time he was performing a lewd act and made sexual suggestions to the women. Shocked and frightened, both women quickly walked away. The suspect vehicle slowly followed them for a short distance and then sped off. The two women called 911 to report the incident. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect at that time. There are investigative leads and OlyPD Detectives and School Resource Officers are continuing this investigation. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a Grey, four-door passenger car with a partial Washington license plate that begins with the letters “VS.” 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, between 16-18 years of age, with reddish-brown hair that is combed to the side. 

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Olympia Police Department at (360) 753-8300 or Thurston County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) (you never have to leave your name). If you see this vehicle, call 911. 

For safety tips about walking to and from school, here’s a link to a good resource that we use:

http://www.missingkids.com/publications/GoingToAndFromSchool

Where’s Melnic?

Starting on Sunday, November 30th and running to December 31st, the Olympia Police Department is sponsoring a scavenger hunt for kids. Here’s the scoop:

Our police K9 Melnic has gone holiday shopping downtown. He’s been spotted at 14 different downtown locations. Each place he’s visited has a poster of him in the window. Inside the businesses at the front desks are scavenger hunt game cards (game cards are also available at the Police Department). Get a game card, find 5 posters, write down where you found the posters and return the game card to the Olympia Police Department. You’ll win a “pawtographed” photo and an invitation to a very special event where you can meet Melnic and hear his story.

If you need a hint where to find a poster…contact us on Twitter. The Olympia Police Department is located at 601 4th Avenue East. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Student Makes Threat at Reeves Middle School

November 21

On Friday, November 21, at about 11:50 am, Olympia police responded to a threat against students and staff at Reeves Middle School. A teen-age girl had exited a bathroom carrying two knives and appeared to be very agitated. Administrators at the school were able to coax the girl into a conference room where she was held while staff called 911. When police arrived, officers confronted the girl who then dropped the knives. No force was used and she was handcuffed without further incident. Upon searching her, the officers found a note threatening students and staff. The 13 year-old, who was a student at Reeves, was booked into Thurston County Juvenile Detention for the crime of Felony Harassment and Dangerous Weapons in a School. 

During the incident, no students were confronted by the girl and no one was hurt. School staff defused the situation quickly through their swift and effective actions.

Suspect Arrested for Downtown Assault

November 13

On Thursday night around 11:00 p.m., a fight erupted downtown between two men over the ownership of a bicycle. While arguing, the men began shoving each other back-and-forth in front of a business in the 200 block of 4th Avenue. During the shoving match, one man pushed the other through a large plate-glass window and they fell into the business. Other citizens helped them out of the business and window frame. As the two combatants were brushing themselves off, one of them stepped backwards and bumped into another man who was standing around watching the fight. That third man, later identified as Kiel Duggins, hauled off and punched the victim in the face, knocking him unconscious to the ground. Multiple citizens called 911. The man who initially pushed the victim through the window, identified as Jerrard James, was shocked by Duggins’ actions and ran to OlyPD to report that assault. Duggins later told police that he only assaulted the victim because he was mad at the victim for “bumping” into him. The victim was transported to the Hospital where he recovered consciousness, but had preliminarily suffered bone fractures as a result of the assault by Duggins.

Booked into Thurston County Jail for Assault 2nd was Kiel Duggins, 24 years old, transient, Olympia, WA. You may recognize this suspect’s name from other media reports. Kiel Duggins was arrested in February of this year by OlyPD for a vicious assault on an Intercity Transit bus driver. In that crime, Duggins repeatedly punched a bus driver, breaking the driver’s nose, after being asked to leave the bus for disruptive behavior. 

Jerrard James was arrested and booked at Thurston County Jail for an outstanding warrant from another agency. 

Suicidal Person

November 5th

At about 3:00 a.m., an OlyPD officer on routine patrol was driving through the 500 block of Division St. NW., when he suddenly saw a man run out into the road. The man stopped in the middle of the road and the officer saw he was holding large knives in both hands. He held one knife to his stomach and the other knife to his inner thigh, threatening to cut himself. The officer quickly stopped and began attempting to talk to the man. The man began talking about a disturbance he was involved in earlier in the week at a nearby apartment. He then indicated he wanted the officer to shoot him with a gun or Taser. Other officers came to help. Traffic on the busy road was blocked and rerouted while officers attempted to negotiate and verbally convince the male not to harm others or himself. The male refused to follow the officers’ instructions and began repeatedly asking them what sort of weapons they had. 

During the tense standoff, officers were eventually able to convince the man to drop one of the knives, but he continued to hold the other knife to his thigh and scream at the officers, “Do it. You know how this has to end.” Officers spent another 15 minutes trying to convince the male that they could get him help and pleaded with him to put the other knife down. Suddenly, the male began quickly walking toward the apartments, still holding the knife and ignoring officers’ commands to stop. Fearing that he was going to harm himself or someone else, officers used bean-bag rounds from a shotgun to disarm the man. Once disarmed, officers were able to contact him and safely secure him into a police car. After he was detained, the man admitted that he was intoxicated on a combination of methamphetamine and heroin. Officers transported him to the hospital, where he was put into the mental health and counseling care of Crisis Services. No officers were injured. The male sustained minor injuries from the bean-bag impacts. 

Attempted Robbery

November 4

On Nov. 4, officers were dispatched to a man running toward City Hall yelling for someone to call 911. A separate call to 911 reported a disturbance with a handgun related to the person running. OlyPD officers arrived in the area and located the running man, as well as the other 911 caller, and began investigating this incident. The officers learned the following:

A female employee of a downtown bar stepped out back of the establishment to smoke in a dark alley. While she was there, an unknown male walked up to her and demanded a cigarette. She politely explained to the man that she didn’t have any more cigarettes. At that point, the male pulled a handgun out of his clothing, cocked it and pointed it at her. He cursed at her and again demanded a cigarette and lighter. Frightened and fearing for her safety, the female employee began pleading with the male. As she was restating that she had nothing with her, she got a closer look at the handgun and saw an “orange foam dart” in the barrel. Realizing the handgun was actually some sort of cheap pellet gun, she got mad and ripped the plastic gun from the suspect, throwing it over a nearby fence. The suspect then ran off down the alley. Shaken-up a bit, the victim tried to finish her smoke, when suddenly the suspect came running back at her, swearing and cursing. Again, the victim felt threatened and screamed at the suspect to leave her alone. She quickly went back into the bar where she relayed this incident to her co-workers and friends. One of her male friends went outside to be sure the suspect had left the area, but he was still hanging around. The friend confronted the suspect and a short shoving match started. The suspect suddenly ran away from the male, screaming for someone to call 911. The victim and her co-workers called for police help. 

It took a while for police to interview the suspect as he was “out of breath” and claimed to need medical attention. He claimed he was casually strolling down the alley when a woman began cursing at him and calling him fowl names. He stopped to talk to her and she engaged him in a conversation about guns. He said he was just showing her his pellet gun when she “freaked out” on him. As he tried to unravel his story, he realized (probably because the officer’s half-smile and raised eyebrow was a hint) that it wasn’t going well. So, he decided to stop trying to make things up and said he didn’t want to explain anymore. Booked into Thurston County Jail for Attempted Robbery was Kevin Lesher, 22 years of age, Transient, Olympia, WA. 

Littering Contact Leads to Narcotics Sales Arrest

November 1

Two people were arrested on Saturday, November 1, for possession of heroin with the intent to sell it. An OlyPD motorcycle officer on routine traffic-enforcement duty noticed a parked vehicle in a parking lot in the 2000 block of 4th Avenue East. The officer’s attention was drawn to the vehicle when he noticed garbage being tossed out of the driver’s window. As the officer walked over to contact the driver about the litter, he discovered the garbage was actually small plastic baggies with oily brown residue—narcotics paraphernalia. When the officer contacted the driver at the window, both occupants began frantically shoving things under their legs. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to shove (or fit) the measuring scale, the large knife, the wad of cash, the large chunk of heroin and the other small baggies of heroin under their legs. Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and admitted to officers that they were selling and using heroin. Booked into Thurston County Jail were 30 year old Casey McClanahan of Lacey, WA and 26 year old Jordan Keown of Olympia, WA for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Suspect Arrested for Rape

October 27

On October 27th, at about 7:00 p.m., Olympia Police Officers were called to a shopping plaza in the 3400 block of Pacific Avenue for a Rape that had just occurred. The victim, a 22 year old woman from Olympia, reported that over the course of the last several weeks she had met a man on Facebook and began a friendship. They agreed to meet Tuesday night at the shopping plaza. 

The victim reported that the suspect arrived and they sat in his car in the parking lot to talk. Shortly after, the suspect drove his car behind the strip mall into a dark corner against the wishes of the victim. The suspect then began kissing and groping her. She protested and told the male to stop immediately, at which point the male reached into the car glove box and pulled out a handgun. The suspect held the handgun against the woman’s head and ordered her to perform a sexual act. The suspect then hit the victim in the mouth and on the back, causing minor injuries. At one point during the assault, the victim was able to grab the handgun and wrestle it from the suspect’s hands. She jumped out of the car, threw the handgun into a wooded area and fled to a nearby store where she called 911. Meanwhile, the suspect drove off. 

During the investigation, an OlyPD K9 team found the handgun in the wooded area. Other officers at the scene helped the victim access her Facebook account, using their onboard car computers, so that she could identify the suspect. Further investigation led to the suspect’s address in Lakewood. Working with the Lakewood Police, OlyPD located the suspect, interviewed him, and seized his vehicle for evidence processing. 

After the interview and investigation were completed, Detectives booked 20 year old Bryce J. McWiliams from Lakewood, WA into Thurston County Jail for the crime of Rape 1st. The victim, while shaken, received minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization.

Stolen Auto Alert for Our Northwest Neighbors 

October 27

The good news: We caught two people in stolen vehicles this weekend and found a third vehicle. 

#1. An Acura Integra was stolen from a store parking lot on Saturday. We located the vehicle at Martin Way and Pattison Street on Sunday. It was occupied by two people and we arrested the driver for possession of the stolen vehicle.

#2. A Dodge Intrepid was stolen from the Thurston County area. We located it on Sunday downtown at 4th Avenue and Franklin Street on Sunday. It was occupied by several people. This crime is still under investigation and we anticipate follow-up arrests.

#3. A Honda Accord was stolen from a Northwest apartment complex on Sunday. We found the vehicle unoccupied a short distance away. Construction equipment inside of the vehicle was stolen. 

The bad news: Three other cars were stolen over the weekend, all in the Northwest part of town (north of Harrison Avenue, between Division and Cooper Point Road). 

#1. A black 1993 Acura Legend bearing Washington license plate AOV9842 was stolen from a private residence in the Northwest area. 

#2. A green 1995 Honda Accord bearing Washington license plate L857WSU was stolen from a private residence in the Northwest area.

#3. A green 1997 Honda Accord bearing Washington license plate AFH2029 was stolen from a private residence in the Northwest area.

If you spot any of the above stolen vehicles, please call 911 and report it to OlyPD. Don’t try to follow the vehicle or contact the occupants. 

During the summer we advertised on Twitter that “The Club” was for sale at the Police Department for about $13.00. We still have around a dozen available. If you’re interested, come on down to the Police Station at City Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to purchase one.

Pizza Time Robbed Again

October 20th

On October 20th, the downtown Pizza Time Restaurant was robbed by a single suspect. At about 10:30 p.m., a masked suspect entered the restaurant. Pointing a revolver-type handgun at the two store employees, the suspect ordered them to empty the cash registers. Once the suspect had the money, he ordered the employees into the back office where he tied them up with zip ties. The suspect then left the store in an unknown direction. Eventually the two employees were able to remove the zip ties and call the police.

The suspect in this crime is described as Caucasian male, about 6 foot 4 inches tall, 20 to 30 years old, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweater and a bandana over his face. 

This crime is similar to the robbery that occurred to this same Pizza Time Restaurant on October 14th and has similarities to the robberies of the Taco Bell Restaurant and Bank of America on September 20th (see the articles below).

OlyPD is asking that anyone who may have witnessed this crime or have information about it, please contact us at 753-8300 or Thurston County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) (you never have to leave your name).

Lost Property on Bus Reveals Local Drug Dealer

October 19th

On October 19th, Intercity Transit staff called the Olympia Police Department to report a suspicious bag found on one of their buses. They reported that a large duffle bag was left behind on the night bus running from downtown Olympia to the Evergreen State College. When the employees opened the bag to try and determine who it belonged to, they found marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms packaged for sale. 

Our walking patrol officer contacted the staff and examined the bag. It was a typical water resistant bag often used by drug dealers in an attempt to hide any odors that the drugs may emit. Inside were several plastic tubs filled with psilocybin mushrooms (these are the hallucinogenic kind, not the stuff for salads), marijuana, scales for weighing the product, and small zip bags for selling the product. There was also a wallet containing multiple items identifying the owner by name and picture, as well as more than $440 dollars in cash. Most of the cash was in $20. 00 bills, a common price for user amounts of these drugs. 

A short time later, the owner of the duffel bag returned and contacted the Transit Customer Service Desk to inquire if they had found his bag. He described the bag and bus he had left it on. The Transit Center staff politely asked him to hold on while they checked, and then notified our walking patrol officer that the suspect was at the center. The officer arrested the suspect for possession of narcotics with the intent to sell. While talking to the suspect about all the drugs in his bag, the suspect first told us that he didn’t know how it all got in there (well…they are sometimes called magic mushrooms). Then the suspect told our officer that, “it was time for a change in my life.” We agreed, so we helped him with relocating to a new place to sleep. Booked into Thurston County Jail was Michael L. Henderson, 43 years old, Olympia, WA.

OlyPD and the Intercity Transit have a long tradition of a working closely together. We are proud of this partnership and appreciate all of the Intercity Transit staff for the work they do for our community. 

Suspect Attempts Burglary, then Robbery

October 14, 2014

Around 5:00 a.m., a resident of the 1800 block of Capitol Way South awoke to find his electricity was out. He went down to his basement to check the power breaker box, and finding it open, discovered that someone switched off all the power to his house. After turning it back on, he noticed wet footprints in his basement that lead outside and across his lawn. Realizing someone had broken into his basement, he called 911. During the investigation, our patrol officers found papers left by the suspect. One of those papers was a jail-booking information sheet with the name of Jon E. Meyer and a date of birth on it. Officers called the jail that issued the document and learned that Meyer had been in jail for Burglary. Meyer’s information and picture were distributed to our patrol officers, who began searching the area for him. Nothing was stolen from the residence. 

Around 8:30 that same morning, OlyPD officers were dispatched to a robbery alarm from the Umpqua Bank in the 3000 block of Harrison Avenue West. The alarm was followed quickly by 911 calls from the bank reporting that employees working on the ATM machine were being robbed by a male wearing a hat and sunglasses. 

The employees working on the ATM told police that while they had the machine open, the suspect approached them in his disguise and demanded the money from the ATM. The frightened employees fled into the bank. The suspect tried to follow them in, but, luckily, the employees locked the doors behind them. Realizing he couldn't get to the employees or the money, the suspect ran off. No money was stolen. 

Police Officers quickly arrived in the area and began searching for the suspect. He was spotted by our officers and after a short foot pursuit, we captured him as he fled into a nearby drug store. After removing the suspect’s disguise, our officers recognized him as the burglar from the morning incident!

Booked into jail for Attempted Robbery was Jon E. Meyer, 23 years old, transient, Olympia, WA.

Downtown Pizza Store Robbed

October 14, 2014

A little after midnight this morning, the downtown Olympia Pizza Time restaurant was robbed by a lone gunman. An employee of the restaurant called 911 around 12:24 a.m.

The employee reported that he was alone closing the restaurant for the night, when a tall male wearing a mask rushed into the business, pointing a handgun at him. The suspect ordered the employee to the back of the business and commanded he open the store safe. After the employee explained that he could not open the safe because he didn’t have access to it, the suspect demanded any money the victim had on him. The victim gave the suspect the tips he had earned during his shift. The suspect handed the victim two zip ties and ordered him to lock himself to a pipe in the business. The victim complied and the suspect fled out the back door. Several minutes later, the victim used some nearby scissors to cut himself loose and call the police.

The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, about 6 foot 6 inches tall, 20-30 years of age, wearing black latex gloves, a black sweater, black hat and a dark color bandana across the lower part of his face. The handgun was described as a long barreled revolver.

Of note on this…take a look at the two robberies written about below on September 20th. OlyPD Detectives working the case noted similarities between the crimes.

OlyPD is asking that anyone who may have witnessed this crime or have information about it, please call us at 753-8300.

SRO Returns to OHS!

September 30, 2014

The Olympia Police Department is pleased to announce the return of a School Resource Officer (SRO) to Olympia High School! At the beginning of 2014, we had to temporarily remove the Olympia High SRO to maintain critical staffing levels for our general patrol. We promised we would return the SRO position to the High School before the end of the year. With lots of new officers out of training and on the street, our patrol staffing has returned to an acceptable level. 

Now, OlyPD is making good on that promise to our schools and community. We are happy to introduce Officer Tim Bronson as our new SRO! Police Officer Tim Bronson was born and raised in Rosemead, California. He attended Rosemead High School where he was the lead trumpeter in the school marching band; on the varsity wrestling team; part of the Student Senate; and an Eagle Scout. Officer Bronson enjoys motorcycling, off-road vehicle riding, surfing, camping and construction. He’s been married for 20 years and has two children. 

His favorite thing to do is, “be a dad.” Being an Oly Bear is great, too!

Officer Bronson started his law enforcement career in California in 1990 as a Deputy Sheriff for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. In 1997, he joined the Olympia Police Department. Over the course of his 24 year career he has been assigned to Patrol Services, Detectives, SRO, and Walking Patrol. He’s had specialized law enforcement training in Child Abuse Investigations and Interviews, Bullying Prevention, Crisis Intervention and School Resource Officer programs. 

Officer Bronson starts his SRO assignment at Olympia High School on October 6, 2014. 

Thanks! for OlyPD

September 29, 2014

On September 20, 2014, a woman burst into a house and began threatening the occupants, who were unknown to her (see story below.) In response to a 911 call from the residents, police arrived, took the intruder into custody, and made sure the two grandparents and their grandson were safe. An event like this would leave anyone shaken, and the officers who responded knew the 12 year-old grandson had been through a very frightening experience. Together, the officers visited the house the next day, bringing the boy a Seahawks jersey and a Seahawks Super Bowl football. The officers had a great time meeting with the family under happier circumstances. OlyPD received a letter of thanks from both the grandparents and the grandson. And, as promised in the young man’s letter, OlyPD received a Thank You cake! Yummm…. This is what policing in Olympia is all about – helping the community to be, and to feel, safe. (A little cake never hurts, either!)

Narcotics Arrest Downtown Nets 3 Suspects

September 25, 2014

Olympia police officers arrested three people for narcotics crimes at a downtown apartment after a weeks-long investigation. In early September, OlyPD officers began receiving information that a woman was selling methamphetamine to dozens of people in the downtown area.

Over the course of several weeks, the patrol officers used a variety of investigative techniques to gather evidence of narcotics sales, including observing the suspect while she engaged in multiple sales of methamphetamine to people in downtown Olympia. Yesterday, the investigating patrol officers were granted a search warrant to search the suspect’s apartment for narcotics. During the search of the apartment, methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with the sales of that narcotic were located as well as an illegally possessed firearm.

Melissa Ewing, age 26, was arrested for narcotics sales. Also living in the apartment were Jacob James, age 21 and Jesse Morris, age 31. Jacob James was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Jesse Morris was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. All three were booked into the Thurston County jail for the felony crimes. Ewing will also be eligible for the new downtown area Drug Free Zone sentencing enhancement. 

Police Arrest Home Intruder

September 20, 2014

At about 5:30am on Saturday morning, OlyPD officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in progress on State Avenue. A resident of the house called 911 to report that a stranger had broken in and was wielding a metal pipe, threatening to kill them. Officers arrived on scene quickly to find a couple standing at the front door shouting that their grandchild was still inside of the house and the suspect was inside, too. The Officers could hear someone screaming from the second story of the house and the faint crying of another person. OlyPD officers rushed inside toward the sounds of the disturbance. As the officers got to the top of the staircase, they saw a woman standing in a bedroom with a 7 foot long metal rail raised above her head. The suspect turned toward the officers and the officers could then see a child, who was upset, behind her. With the woman distracted by police, the boy quickly dove into another room. The suspect then turned her anger toward the officers, shouting angry, vulgar and nonsensical statements at them. The officers, with handguns drawn, confronted the suspect and quickly subdued her without any injury. Meanwhile, other officers reached the boy and took him to safety with his grandparents.

During the investigation, the grandmother explained to the officers that she had been awoken to the sounds of someone yelling in her house. She got out of bed and walked over to her grandchild’s room where she was immediately confronted by the unknown woman. The suspect began swinging the metal rail at the woman while screaming, “Where are my kids?” and, “I’m going to kill you!” The suspect hit the victim with the rail a couple of times before the victim could retreat back to her bedroom. The victim’s husband was awoken by the sounds of his wife screaming. He ran to see what was wrong when he, too, was confronted by the suspect. He retreated when she began swinging the rail at his head and his wife called 911.

Rachel Patterson (39 years old), transient, was booked into Thurston County Jail for the crimes of Residential Burglary 1st, Assault 2nd, and Harassment. There appears to be no connection between the suspect and the victims.

Two Robberies: Same day, Same Area, Same Suspect?

September 20, 2014

Early Saturday morning, the west side Taco Bell was robbed by a lone masked gunman. At about 6:00 am, an employee of the restaurant was unlocking the building when an unknown suspect approached her from behind. The suspect pointed a handgun at her and demanded that she open the door and turn off the building alarm. Once inside of the restaurant, the suspect told the victim to open the restaurant safe, but the employee explained that she couldn’t. The suspect then demanded any money the victim had. He stole the victim’s money and cell phone and fled from the restaurant. 

The suspect was described as a white male, 30 years old, 6’02”, medium build. He was wearing a zippered sweater, with a bandana covering his face and a baseball hat. The handgun was described as a black, semi-automatic handgun. The suspect fled the scene in a dark colored passenger sedan. 

At 12:58 pm, The Bank of America located at 9th and Black Lake Boulevard in Olympia was robbed. Olympia Police responded to a bank alarm and when they arrived an employee notified them that they were just held up by a lone gunman. The suspect, approached a teller and demanded money while displaying a handgun. The suspect, who was wearing a mask at the time of the robbery, fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money in a southerly direction toward a church next door. Police from several jurisdictions searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described by witnesses as a white male, 26-33 years of age, 6’03”, medium build, approximately 215-220 lbs. The suspect was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over the head and a mask that covered the face just below the eyes.

Olympia Police are asking any person who may have witnessed these crimes or who may have information to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300 or the Thurston County Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-Tips (8477) (you never have to leave your name).

K9 Catches Car Thief

September 18, 2014

On Wednesday at about 2 pm, OlyPD officers took a report from a victim who had his 1987 Corvette stolen. One of our patrol officers remembered seeing this vehicle parked in an odd area around 18th Avenue. The officer had a hunch the vehicle might come back to that area, so in between other calls for service, the officer continued to check. At about 7:30pm, the officer saw the stolen Corvette drive right by him! The officer radioed other officers who were nearby, turned around to follow the stolen vehicle and…the chase was on. The Corvette laid a smoky burn-off in the roadway and shot down a side road. Apparently, the suspect missed the sign that said, “Dead End”. The officers followed the stolen vehicle. When the suspect realized there was no way out, he drove the stolen Corvette into a private driveway, through a backyard, crashed through a fence and into a field. The suspect jumped out of the still moving vehicle and began running off through backyards. The vehicle traveled through another private yard and came out onto another dead end street a block away before it came to a stop. OlyPD officers, including K9 Officer Wilson and his partner Melnic, surrounded the scene. Melnic jumped out of the car, searching the area with Officer Wilson and Officer Winner in tow. Through several backyards and off into a field, Melnic tracked until he came to a large area of blackberry bushes. Melnic dived into the bushes – he had found his man! The officers ordered the man to come out of the bushes but he refused. Suddenly, the officers heard crashing and thrashing in the bushes and heard Melnic coughing. The two officers, who would never let a partner down, dove into the thicket to see the suspect laying on top of Melnic, grasping the K9 in a choke hold around his neck. Melnic was fighting back. Officer Winner tackled the suspect while Officer Wilson pulled Melnic from the fray. The suspect was handcuffed and arrested. Melnic was uninjured. Once in custody, the officers recognized the suspect - we arrested him for Auto Theft on August 30th. Booked into Jail for the crimes of Possession of Stolen Property and Eluding (as well as other crimes like hit-and-run for the property damage he caused) was Tyler Fesenbeck (21 years old and transient). Evidently, he got out of jail and is awaiting trial on the first theft and decided to steal another vehicle to help prove our case. 

Wanted Woman Flees Vehicle Stop

September 15, 2014

On Sunday afternoon, one of our patrol sergeants stopped a car driving along Martin Way that was suffering from multiple equipment violations. While talking with the driver, the sergeant noticed a BMX style bicycle in the back seat that looked vaguely familiar. He also thought he recognized the female passenger from somewhere. As the sergeant ran a check on the driver, he remembered that he recently saw a flyer from the Lacey Police Department about a female burglar who rode a BMX bicycle. While the sergeant was confirming the information from the flyer, the passenger door of the stopped car opened and the female bolted from the car. The sergeant took off after her. The woman ran across Pacific Avenue and was nearly hit in heavy traffic. Once across the road, she plunged into the nearby cemetery where a funeral was in progress. The sergeant, seeing the funeral, slowed down, worried about disturbing the memorial. He lost sight of the suspect. As the officer walked through the cemetery grounds trying to find her again, he saw several cemetery workers waving at him and pointing to a truck parked nearby - thanks for the help, guys! Looking under the truck, the sergeant found the suspect. She quickly rolled out from underneath the truck but the sergeant stopped her before she could dart away again. Once in custody, the officers confirmed that she was a suspect in the Lacey burglaries and that she also had an outstanding warrant. Arrested for the warrant was Misty Reddoch (a 24 year old transient). She was turned over to Lacey PD for their Residential Burglary investigation. 

2 Stabbings over the Weekend

September 15, 2014

OlyPD investigated two separate, unrelated stabbing cases this weekend. The first stabbing was reported at about 2 am on Sunday morning. St. Peter’s Hospital called 911 to report that a woman was checking into the emergency room with two large stab wounds to her arm. When officers arrived at the hospital, the victim, a 21 year old from Tacoma, told the officers that she was at a large house party in West Olympia. While there, she was approached by another woman whom she had met before. The other woman began yelling at her and grabbed for the victim’s purse. A struggle for the purse ensued and suddenly the suspect stabbed the woman twice in the arm with an unknown weapon. The victim pulled her purse free and ran from the party. The woman stated that she called her boyfriend who took her to the hospital. Unfortunately, the victim was unwilling to cooperate with police, who have very little information about this crime. OlyPD Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300 or Thurston County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) (you never have to leave your name).

The second stabbing occurred at an apartment complex on the Eastside a couple of hours later at about 4:15am. A neighbor called 911 to report a possible fight going on in the next door apartment. When the first officer arrived on-scene, he saw a man, who had been sitting nearby, casually start to walk away. The officer engaged the man in conversation and noticed what appeared to be blood on the man’s sweatshirt. The man told the officer that he had been in a heated argument with his roommate. Other officers arriving at the scene checked the apartment where they discovered the roommate with a stab wound to his abdomen. The victim, age 26, was quickly transported to the Hospital for medical assistance. In the ensuing investigation the officers learned that the two roommates had been engaged in a verbal argument for most of the evening. During the argument, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim then left the apartment in an attempt to flee. Booked into Jail for Assault 1st was Andrew Draper (age 24). The victim was treated at St. Peter Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

OlyPD Helps Citizen Save Expensive Car from Damage…and Keeps People Safe from Drunk Drivers

September 12, 2014

Last night a Police Officer saw a passenger car racing down Plum Street towards I5 well above the speed limits. Luckily, there wasn’t much traffic on the roadway at the time. The Officer was able to pull the car over before it reached I5. 

As the officer contacted the driver he could see and smell clear signs that the driver had been drinking alcohol. When the officer asked for the driver’s insurance the driver provided an out of date insurance card. The officer pointed out the expired insurance whereupon the suspect explained to the officer that anyone who drives a Porsche has insurance so the officer didn’t need to worry about that. When the officer asked for the driver’s license, the driver handed over his credit card. After stumbling through the Field Sobriety tests and failing every one of them, the suspect was arrested and transported to jail to participate in the Blood Alcohol test (BAC). 

During the routine BAC test interview the suspect quickly began accusing the officer of being a member of the WWII Axis powers, and then accusing the beer manufacturers of false advertising their alcohol-by-volume, and then explaining all the law suits he was going to levy upon the officer. The suspect finally reminded the officer how important the suspect’s standing in the community is by stating, “my Porsche is worth more than you make in five years,” right before the suspect registered .129 on the Blood Alcohol Breath test machine (.08 is the legal limit). The suspect was booked into Jail for DUI. 

Successfully saved from damage was the suspect’s 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera. It’s safely sitting in a tow companies impound yard where the suspect can get it back for a storage fee (like happens with all DUI suspect vehicles). 

OlyPD takes DUI enforcement very seriously in this community. We have a tradition of maintaining well trained Law Enforcement experts in this field. Each night our officers are on the look-out for everyone’s safety. And, for several years OlyPD has participated in the State sponsored Target Zero Campaigns. We do enforce DUI no matter how much your car costs. 

Please don’t drink and drive. 

Bike Theft Sting Nets 3 Arrests

Monday, September 8

Olympia Police Officers arrested three men in connection with bicycle theft on Saturday night. In response to a growing crime trend of bicycle thefts in the city, Police staged a “sting” operation, leaving a city-owned bicycle, apparently unattended, in the downtown area while keeping the bicycle under surveillance. At around 11:25 pm, a man approached the bicycle riding his own bicycle, left, and later returned. The suspect dismounted from his bicycle and proceeded to ride away on the city-owned bike. He was arrested for Theft.

After arresting the first suspect, the bicycle was again set out in public unattended, but under surveillance. At about midnight, a man approached the bicycle while riding his own bike. He took the bicycle to another location where he and a second man outfitted it with lights, possibly to ensure it could be taken onto the road without violating the law requiring bicycle lights at night. The pair left the bicycle at that point. A third man arrived a few minutes later and rode away with the bicycle. The suspect was stopped and arrested. The suspect who first removed the bicycle from its original parking place, was also arrested. Both men were booked on charges of Theft. A search incident to arrest also revealed drug paraphernalia and a police radio that was thought to be stolen.

Arrested for Theft were Eric Palladino, age 23 of Lacey, Michael Bebich, age 26 of Olympia, and Jonathon Whitney, age 23 of Olympia. Police are concerned that the suspects may have committed other, similar crimes. Anyone with information about incidents involving these suspects are urged to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300 or Thurston County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) (you never have to leave your name). 

Police Seeking Idenfitication of Body Found at Percival Landing

Wednesday, September 3

At around 10am on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, City of Olympia Parks employees notified Olympia Police that a body had been found floating in the water at Percival Landing, which runs along the City’s waterfront. The police recovered the body of an African-American man. At this time, the cause of death is undetermined and police are investigating the death.

Police have been unable to identify the man and no identifying information was found with the body. The individual is described as an African-American man, estimated to be between 25 and 40 years of age. He was wearing a North Face jacket when recovered from the water. Anyone with information about the individual or the circumstances surrounding his death is urged to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300 or Thurston County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) (you never have to leave your name).

Burglary to Olympia High School

Thursday, August 28

Olympia Police Officers were dispatched to investigate a burglary at Olympia High School on Monday, August 25th. School staff had arrived in the morning to find damage to vending machines in the hallways of the school. With School Staff, Police Officers reviewed video surveillance of the incident and found that a group of three people had been breaking into the school over the course of the past 5 to 6 nights. It appeared that this group had been stealing merchandise from the school store, and money or items from the vending machines. The suspects had masks covering their faces in the video. Two of the suspects appeared to be carrying firearms; an assault-rifle style weapon, and a handgun. 

The Olympia Police Department devised an investigative plan, and a tactical plan, which included utilizing specialized alarms and Police Officer Surveillance. The Police Department also worked closely with the School Administration with longer term strategies and plans for the opening day of school. 

Last night, a Police Officer conducting surveillance of the school, spotted three suspects carrying knives and trying to break into classrooms. The Police Officer on surveillance implemented the pre-designed tactical plan, and the school was quickly surrounded by all the working Olympia Police Officers, Tumwater PD, Thurston County Sheriff, Lacey PD, and our K9 team. Once the campus and buildings were surrounded, the Police Officers announced their presence, and two of the three suspects complied with orders to surrender. One suspect attempted to run from the scene and hide, but was shortly tracked and captured by the K9 team. 

Once all suspects were in custody, the ensuing investigation determined that these three individuals were the ones who have been burglarizing the school over the past several days. At this time in the investigation, it appears that the weapons seen in the video footage are not likely real firearms. A vehicle used by the suspects was located and recovered a short distance away from the school, and impounded by the Police Department. Inside that vehicle Officers found one of the weapons reportedly used in the burglaries, as well as property stolen from the school on previous nights. 

Olympia Police Officers and Detectives are still working this investigation. More information will be released at a later time. Two adults were booked into Thurston County Jail for the crime of Burglary 1st and one juvenile will be booked into Thurston County Juvenile Detention for the crime of Burglary 1st. 

DV Suspect Attempts to use Baby to Prevent Arrest

Friday, August 22

Police officers were dispatched to reports of a physical disturbance between a male and a female at a west side apartment complex. Upon arrival at the scene, multiple people pointed the officers to one specific apartment where they could hear people screaming and arguing. As the officers approached the door, a male suddenly opened the door and hastily walked out carrying a small baby. The male was shouting profanities at someone inside of the apartment as he walked out. The officers asked the man to stop and talk to them but he initially refused. After continuing to talk to the man, he finally sat down in a chair and spoke with the officers. Another officer contacted an adult female inside of the apartment.

During the investigation the officers learned that the male had assaulted the female causing minor bruising to her back then he grabbed their baby and attempted to flee before police arrived. The male and female were in a dating relationship and had a 7 month old baby. Based on the facts of the investigation, the officers went to arrest the man. 

The officers explained to the man that he was being arrested for assaulting his girlfriend and needed to give the baby back to the mother. The man used a bunch of profanity and refused to cooperate and told the officers he was not going to jail and he was not giving the baby back. For several minutes the officers tried to talk to, negotiate and convince the man to let go of the baby and return the child to the mother. Finally, the male clutched the baby tighter, stood-up and attempted to rush past the officers. One officer held on to the man’s arm and asked him again to give the baby back to his mother. The male yanked away from the officer and kicked the officer several times. The man then turned toward the other officer and began kicking that officer and punching both officers with the hand that was not holding the baby. Our officers were extremely concerned for the small baby. The man was fighting the officers on pavement and using the baby as a shield from the officers. The officers attempted to corral the man and kept asking the man to stop his actions as he was placing his baby in danger all the while the officers were repeatedly punched and kicked. Eventually, in order to protect the child, two officers grabbed the man in a bear-hug and pried his fingers loose enough so that another officer was able to get the baby. The child was quickly and safely given to the mother without injuries. The male continued to fight the officers but, now that the baby was safe, that didn’t last long and the officers quickly subdued the male and arrested him. Shawn Friermood, 24, of Olympia, was booked into Thurston County Jail for the crimes of Simple Assault and Felony Assault on an officer as well as Reckless Endangerment for his actions of using his baby as a shield. 

Car Salesman Helps Police Recover Several Stolen Vehicles

Wednesday, August 20

A salesman of a local car dealership on the west side of Olympia called 911 to report two suspicious people apparently casing the business. The salesman reported that the two males were walking around the fencing of the car dealership photographing the gates and locks. The two men then got into a Toyota truck that had two different license plates on it and drove off.

Officers driving to this scene saw the truck pass by them. They turned to catch-up to the truck and when they got behind it abruptly pulled into a shopping center parking lot. The truck stopped and the two occupants quickly opened their doors to exit the vehicle. Before the two people in the truck could get away, the officers contacted them. 

During the investigation, the officers learned that both the front and rear license plates were stolen from other vehicles. The front plate was stolen from a vehicle in Tumwater and the back plate was stolen from a vehicle in Chelan County. 

The truck’s vehicle identification number was covered by duct tape. When the officers removed the tape and checked the VIN numbers it revealed that, of course, the truck itself was stolen from Thurston County. While talking to the two occupants, the officers also learned that the driver of the stolen truck had three stolen motorcycles at his home. Officers obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s house and recovered three stolen motorcycles: one was stolen from Olympia; one was stolen from Lacey; and one was stolen from Seattle. Spencer Wezenberg, 34 years old, of Olympia, was booked into Thurston County Jail for multiple counts of Possession of Stolen Property.

Man Arrested After "Bicycle Rage" Incident

Tuesday, July 29

Around 9:00 am, a mechanic was driving a 32’ motorhome back to the owner after having just repaired body damage to the vehicle and repainting it. Driving on Martin Way, a large four lane roadway with adjacent bicycle lanes, the mechanic noticed a bicyclist weaving back-and-forth between lanes of travel and the bike lane. As the mechanic drove near the bicyclist, the bicyclist suddenly, and without warning, pulled in front of the motorhome. The mechanic gave a quick honk of the horn to let the bicyclist know he was approaching. Vehicle traffic was very heavy at the time. The bicyclist pulled to the side of the road, gave the mechanic the middle finger and whacked the motorhome with his hand as it passed by. The mechanic continued down the road to a stop light. While waiting for the stop light, the mechanic saw the bicyclist ride past the motorhome and stop at a nearby landscaping area. The bicyclist picked up a baseball size rock and threw it at the windshield of the motorhome. Luckily, it missed the window and hit the front end of the motorhome causing a large dent to the newly fixed vehicle. The bicyclist then ran on foot away from the scene. Fortunately, there were plenty of witnesses to the event who noted where the subject headed and called police. Olympia Police Officers caught the suspect running down the road and arrested him for Reckless Endangerment and Malicious Mischief. Booked into jail was David Bolin, 48, transient, of Olympia. 

Witnesses Help Police Find Attacker

Sunday, July 27

At about 5:00pm, the Police received an emergency call about a man beating a woman on the sidewalk at 7th and Franklin, downtown. When police arrived at the scene, they found a group of people surrounding a woman on the ground. The woman was crying and bleeding. Medics were also called to respond. Although the woman had difficulty telling officers what happened, witnesses who reported the incident described a man who had struck the woman, then kicked her while she was lying on the ground. The victim and suspect had been in a dating relationship that turned violent.

With the help of witnesses, the police located the suspect near a downtown church where many people were waiting for Sunday dinner. When the police attempted to contact the man, he pulled out a knife and held it to his own throat. The officer contacting the suspect pulled out his Taser and tried to convince the suspect to put the knife down. The suspect then attempted to light a cigarette and accidently dropped the knife. The officer quickly subdued him with the Taser, for the suspect’s own safety, the officers’ safety and the safety of those nearby. 

The victim, a 25 year old woman, was taken to St. Peter’s hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center with a suspected fractured jaw. The suspect, Tyson Killian, age 40 of Lacey, was booked into the Thurston County Jail for Aggravated Assault.

The Olympia Police Department thanks the people who called 9-1-1 and came to the aid of the victim. The community continually demonstrates that domestic violence is unacceptable. If you, or anyone you know, may be the victim of domestic violence, help is available. Visit the City’s Domestic Violence webpage for information about recognizing domestic violence and where to find help.

Gunfire Erupts Downtown

Saturday, July 19

Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, Police Officers patrolling downtown heard several gunshots in the area of the 300 block of 4th Avenue. Officers who were a short distance away quickly came around the block to find people running in all directions, cars speeding off, and people hiding under vehicles. The area was blocked off for investigation and several bullet casings were found in the roadway. Bullet holes were found in two parked vehicles and two nearby brick walls. No one was found injured. Officers called nearby hospital emergency rooms and notified them of this incident in case someone came to an ER with injuries. No suspects were immediately located. Based on witness accounts of this matter, we believe a passenger car drove by a group of people and began shooting a handgun at a group gathered near the side of the roadway. The case is being actively investigated by the Olympia Police Department Detective Division. 

Man Randomly Assaults People Downtown

Friday, July 11

At around 1:40pm, multiple people called 911 to report a person randomly assaulting pedestrians in the area of 4th Avenue and Franklin Street downtown. The callers stated that a male had punched at least four people, with no provocation, who had walked by him on the sidewalk. The people he had punched had run off in fear and others were trying to get away from the suspect as fast as they could. As Walking Patrol Officers responded, additional reports came in that the suspect was walking along 4th Avenue punching windows and walls of businesses. The man was found sitting on the sidewalk in front of the State Theater when officers arrived at the scene. Because of his violent behavior, officers began to handcuff the man for safety when he jumped up, shook loose the officers, and began striking out at them. Two officers were punched in the face while trying to arrest the man and the other officer was struck with the suspect’s elbows. Finally, the suspect was stopped when an officer was able to use his Taser to subdue him. William Bolles, a 22 year-old transient in Olympia, was taken into custody and booked at the Thurston County Jail for Assault 3, a felony. 

A crowd of citizens who witnessed the event approached the officers after the suspect was on his way to jail and offered to help them with their injuries. Fortunately, the injuries were minor, mainly bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Those who watched the situation unfold, thanked the officers for stopping this man and praised their professionalism while contacting him. Several people also provided witness statements to the event.

Thank you City of Olympia for caring about our officers!

Bank Robbery Foiled by Alert Employee

Wednesday, July 2

At around 2 pm, a bank employee on Harrison Avenue called 911 to report a suspicious person in the bank. She reported that a male entered the bank wearing multiple small bandages on his face, a large bandana covering his head, and heavy clothing for a warm day. The male loitered around the fringe of the teller areas looking at brochures and eventually left. The employee watched the male enter an SUV and called in the description to the 911 Dispatcher.

Officers arriving in the area stopped the SUV a few blocks away from the bank. Upon contacting the driver, they noticed clothing piled in the back seat that matched the description given to 911. At the same time, the Officers discovered what appeared to be a handgun lying in the parking lot a short distance from the SUV. Upon closer examination, officers determined it was actually a pellet gun and noted that the orange tip of the barrel had been colored over with black ink.

Through further investigation, police determined that the man had also entered two other banks nearby wearing the “disguise” and acting suspiciously. The suspect initially denied being in any of the banks and denied knowing anything about the pellet gun. However, when speaking to Detectives later, he admitted that he was planning a Bank Robbery. He told Detectives that he planned to use the pellet gun to threaten a teller during the robbery. He didn’t follow through with his plans because he thought someone in the bank may have alerted Police. He told officers that he had financial problems and believed a bank robbery was a way out of those obligations. William Frank, age 32, from Thurston County, was booked into Thurston County Jail for the crime of Attempted Robbery.

Operation Targets Child Sex Trafficking

Monday, June 23

The Olympia Police Department, Lacey Police Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in an operation to uncover potential child sex trafficking. The purpose of the operation was to recover children who might be under the influence of pimps and to arrest the pimps. On Thursday, June 19, 2014, undercover law enforcement personnel made contact with potential prostitutes through social internet sites and arranged to meet at a local hotel. After determining that the suspects, who were all women, were engaged in prostitution, the individuals were arrested. They were offered food, clothing, counseling, and information about how to leave the prostitution life after they were detained. Law enforcement also attempted to discover the women’s “managers” or pimps during the night’s activity. The operation was successful in arresting 3 suspects for Promoting Prostitution, along with 11 women suspected of Prostitution. The Olympia Prosecutor’s Office and the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office were also key players in the event, advising law enforcement and determining appropriate charges for those arrested.

No juveniles were discovered as part of the operation in Thurston County. In addition, no evidence of adult human trafficking was found locally during the event. However, the FBI announced this morning that the nationwide effort resulted in the recovery of 168 children throughout the country and the arrest of 221 pimps over the one week period of the operation. Deputy Chief Steve Nelson of the Olympia Police Department noted, “I speak for all the local agencies when I say that local law enforcement is dedicated to the national effort to protect juveniles from exploitation.”

Caught in the Act

Tuesday, June 17th

Around 12:15 pm, a resident in the area of Bowman Avenue and Division Street noticed three people pull up in a van and disappear into her neighbor’s yard. She knew that her neighbor was out of town, so she called 911 to report this as suspicious activity.

It was a bad day for the burglars when officers showed up at the scene. To begin with, officers discovered that the trio had been listening to a police scanner as they rummaged through the house. The suspects were keeping their ears open in case police were dispatched to the scene. But, they chose the wrong frequency - the scanner was picking up the radio traffic from another agency…not OPD! With officers on-scene, two suspects fled the house, each using a different door. But, officers knew that trick and had every door covered. That left one suspect inside. Our K9, Wico, searched the house and let officers know that someone was in the attic by barking at the ceiling. Sure enough, the officers looked up and saw an attic door that looked like it had just been moved – Wico’s nose knows!

Before going after the man in the attic, officers were able to identify him as a career criminal. We had dealt with David Hammond before: we arrested him for Felon in Possession of a Firearm in early June when we caught him prowling around another neighborhood. (If you’re a Twitter follower, we posted the article about this arrest on our Stories from the Street link on June 3.) Knowing that the suspect had been armed in the past, the officers approached the attic carefully. When the man didn’t respond to requests to come out, police were forced to use OC10 (pepper spray). When that didn’t work, and when police refused to leave despite the suspect’s vulgar request to do so, officers used a Taser to entice him out of the corner he had crawled into. He was safely brought into custody with no injuries to him or to the officers.

The suspects couldn’t agree why they were at the house during their respective interviews: one said they went to steal a car parked outside; another said they were on an “adventure; the third replied that they just wanted a place to sleep. Despite giving us different excuses for being in the house, there was one point on which they did agree: each told us they had met at the courthouse that morning when Mr. Hammond, the man in the attic, was in court for the June 2 charges. After his hearing, the three got together to plan this caper. Guess they’ll all be back at the courthouse again…

Booked into Jail for Burglary were: Eric Moore, Lindsey Scheidemann, and David Hammond. All have extensive criminal histories. 

Thanks to the neighbor who was alert and called police!

Neighborhood Crime Alert

Monday, June 16th

Attempted Burglary in Southeast Neighborhood | Area of 22nd Ave and Wilson St

At about 2:00 pm, a resident in the Southeast neighborhood heard a loud knock on her front door. She ignored the knock as she was busy working in her house. Soon she heard another knock but this time it was at her sliding glass door, on the side of the house. It took the resident a minute to finish her work and walk to the sliding door. As she approached, she heard the sound of someone trying to force it open. The resident pulled back the curtains that were covering the door and saw a male she did not know trying to break into her house. The suspect saw the resident at the same time and began to run off to a vehicle parked nearby. As he ran, he concealed some sort of tool from her view. The homeowner was able to get a good description of the vehicle and the suspect. She quickly called 911 to report this. Police arrived and noticed fresh pry marks on and around the lock portion of the sliding door.

The suspect is described as:

A Caucasian male

About 6’ tall, heavy set 

Blonde hair

Wearing a black t-shirt, black “Carhart”-style jeans, and a black and green baseball hat

The suspect’s vehicle is described as: 

A Mitsubishi Eclipse-style vehicle

Grey/Charcoal in color with a green racing stripe

Partial WA/LIC: AKX7…

If you have any information about this crime or suspect or vehicle, please contact the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300, dial 911, or call Crime Stoppers of Thurston County at 1.800.222.TIPS (you never have to leave your name).

Drug Arrest in New Downtown Drug Free Zone

Wednesday, June 11

Olympia Police made the first drug arrest in one of the City’s new drug-free zones in the downtown area last night. Working on information received from several sources, including the Thurston Narcotics Task Force, police identified a Tumwater man as a suspect in drug sales downtown. Police arrested 27 year old Shane Elliott on charges related to selling methamphetamine after he sold the drug to a police informant. Police received a search warrant for the suspect’s room at the Olympia Inn where they recovered additional methamphetamine. After the arrest, the suspect admitted to frequently selling drugs downtown, selling to an average of ten people a day, some of whom are juveniles. The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail on felony drug charges.

In April, the Olympia City Council voted to adopt drug-free zones around five civic centers in the downtown area. The drug-free zones were enacted in response to increased drug activity in the downtown core. People arrested for drug-related crimes in the zones may be subject to additional penalties if they are convicted.

Operation Alternative Transportation Sting

Friday, June 6

O.A.T.S.? (Sorry, OlyPD is still learning how to come up with cool operation acronyms like our Federal partners in law enforcement create. Obviously, we have a ways to go.)

Officers have heard from residents and visitors downtown about frequent bicycle thefts. Last night, one of our Officers put on jeans and a t-shirt took an OlyPD bicycle (no markings on it) downtown and parked it at the Artesian Well at about midnight. He locked the bike to a nearby fence and then watched the bike from a short distance away. Shortly after leaving the bike, three men walked by. One of the men stopped at the bike, looked around, took off the lock, and stole it. The Officer kept the suspect and stolen bike in sight as the suspect rode the bike down the street. Uniformed Patrol Officers came to the area and caught the suspect a couple blocks away. When asked, the suspect told the officers it was his bike and didn’t understand why he was being stopped. When Officers explained the “sting” operation, and pointed out that the bike belonged to OlyPD, the suspect shrugged and then admitted that he stole the bike.

So, one bike thief down and hopefully word will go out to other bike thieves: you never know who that bike belongs too…

Neighborhood Warning: Burglar in Southeast Olympia

Yesterday at about noon, a woman came home for lunch from work to see a car parked in her yard and a man walking toward it. She contacted the male and asked what he was doing there. The male told her he was checking to see if anyone was home. He then jumped into his car and sped off. As the homeowner walked up to her house she began noticing tools and property from her garage lying out of place in her driveway and yard. She realized her garage had been burglarized. She contacted OlyPD and told us what happened.

The Police Officers investigating this crime realized that it sounded a lot like a couple of other recent burglaries in the Southeast Olympia neighborhoods, including similar descriptions of a suspect and his vehicle:

A Caucasian man;

About 19 to 20 years of age;

Thin build and about 6’ tall;

Wearing a dark in color baseball hat;

And reeking of cologne.

The suspect vehicle is described as: A small and “clean” looking, two door Honda or Mazda;

An early 2000s model;

“Cherry” red or bright red in color.

Anyone seen the person and his car, especially near a house during the daytime? Give OlyPD a call! 360-753-8300.

A Bit of “Crime Prevention” Information

Daytime burglaries are the most common burglaries in the City of Olympia:

The suspects of these crimes will often walk or drive to the house and knock on the front door. If someone answers the door, the suspect will usually apologize to the homeowner saying that they thought their “friend” lived there or the suspect will tell the homeowner that their dog ran away and ask if the homeowner has seen it. If no one answers the front door, the suspect will often walk around the house and try knocking on a back door or window. If the homeowner answers in the back, the suspect will usually be apologetic and use the same sorts of ruses. If no one answers…they will look for an unlocked door or window to enter the house or break a door or window not visible to neighbors. Sometimes, “nosy” neighbors are your best home security! Report suspicious behavior right away.

If someone does this to your house tell them that their friend doesn’t live there or you haven’t seen their dog but if they would like they can wait at the street corner and you’ll call your local Police Officer to come help them with a multitude of services. Close and lock your door and call us right away.

Helpful Neighbor Stops Vehicle Prowler

Monday, June 2

At about 5:30 am, a resident near the 2400 block of Capitol Boulevard looked out his window and saw a man attempting to break into his neighbor’s car. In the City of Olympia, this crime is called “vehicle prowling” and it is one of the most prevalent crimes in our town. The resident quickly called 911 with a description of the suspect, the suspect’s vehicle, and his license plate number.

Officers arrived quickly and found the suspect’s vehicle nearby. After stopping the car, a quick check of the driver’s record showed that he had a suspended driver’s license, which is a crime. The driver refused to cooperate while he was being arrested and a short struggle ensued. During the tussle, the Officers saw a handgun tucked into the suspect’s belt. As a felon, the man is not allowed to have firearms. Fortunately, the Officers were able to place handcuffs on the suspect and safely recover the loaded handgun without incident.

After the suspect was arrested, the Officers found that he had a ring of multiple “shaved” keys - these are keys that are “shaved” down to be tools to break into and steal cars. The suspect also admitted to having a small safe in the trunk that was filled with narcotics.

This suspect has an extensive arrest history for possessing stolen property and firearms crimes. He was booked into jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm as well as other misdemeanor crimes. And, once we open his safe other crimes may be added too.

OPD shouts out a big THANKS to the observant citizen who called us. Working together, the community was able to get a dangerous felon off the street.

Neighbors Alert Police to Uninvited "Guest"

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Last night, around 9:30 pm, a citizen heard glass breaking at her neighbor’s house. Knowing her neighbor was out of town, she did the right thing and called 911 to report the suspicious noise. Officers responded and found that a window had been broken and that there were lights on in the house. They could hear the sounds of things being moved around inside of the home and saw a shadow of someone inside. The Officers called the home-owner and learned that no one should be inside of the house. Olympia Police Officers surrounded the house and called to the person to come out. No one came out. The Police Officers called for a K9 to help. No one came out. After about 10 minutes of Officers shouting and the K9 barking, a man finally exited the home wearing only a bath towel. The man claimed that the owner gave him permission to use the house and to take a shower. But….when the homeowner arrived he didn’t recognize her. The burglar then claimed a “friend” had let him in with a key. The “friend” gave him permission to be in the house and to take a shower. But….why would a window be broken if a key was available? When the officers pointed this out, the burglar tried to change his story again. After the story changed another four times, he was arrested and booked into jail. Once inside the house, Officers found a complete mess: several rooms were completely flooded from the bathtub and shower, all of the drawers and cupboards had been rummaged, and the stove burners were all turned on. Definitely not the work of an invited guest!

A big OPD “Thank You!” to the neighbor who reported the suspicious noises and to other witnesses that encountered the burglar in the area. Their quick action helped police solve this crime.

“GOOP” Leads to Robbery Arrest

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

On Saturday, a resident of the 700 block of Cushing Street was doing work in his yard when he saw a male and female walking in the alley behind his yard. The male stopped and began to urinate in the alleyway. The resident took out his cellphone and began to video the man so that he could report him to the police. When the couple noticed the resident, the woman began shouting at him, then approached him and punched him in the face. The male suspect joined in and began assaulting the resident. The resident tried to fight back but was knocked to the ground. The suspects stole his cell phone and ran off. The victim called the police.

At the scene, the investigating Police Officers noticed there was a container of “Goop,” a specialty burger condiment sold at Eagan’s Restaurant. A little way down the alley Police Officers also found a bag from Eagan’s restaurant. Officers contacted Eagan’s employees who remembered the suspects buying food from the restaurant a short time before the assault occurred and provided video of the suspects to the Police Officers.

Soon after, the female suspect called Eagan’s to complain about the corndog they had bought. She told the employees they would come back to the restaurant for a refund after they were done with a visit to the ER at Capital Medical Center. Employees called the Police and told them about the call.

Officers went to the hospital, located both suspects and detained them. Both suspects were positively identified by the victim as the assailants. They were booked into the Thurston County Jail on charges of Robbery.