Olympia police seek information on 4 violent robberies


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Olympia police are on high alert after a series of violent robberies this month, including three in the city’s west, involving guns, a knife and a bottle of wine smashed to the head a woman’s.

“We are keeping a close eye on this and all the crimes that have happened in recent times,” Lt. Paul Lower said on Tuesday.

He was not ready to say that there had been an increase in crime, but admitted that the department had “certainly seen a number of violent crimes that require us to monitor what is going on.”

He said patrols have been increased in western Olympia as a result.

The robberies that put them on alert are:

â–ª Saturday evening December 18: Police were dispatched to the Harrison Avenue grocery store after two men stole food and wine from the store. An employee confronted one of the men in the parking lot, who then charged her. As she fell backwards, she grabbed the man, who then hit her on the head with a bottle of wine until it shattered. The pair fled to a nearby bowling alley, but were not found by a Thurston County K9. The Olympia fire responded to treat the woman’s injury. The man who allegedly punched the woman was last seen wearing a black face mask, a black hoodie, Adidas sweatpants and red Nike shoes.

â–ª 11 a.m. on December 18: A man was robbed at gunpoint at an Intercity Transit bus stop in the 3200 block of Harrison Avenue Southwest. The man was waiting for the bus when another man, dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, approached and asked him if he was dealing drugs. When he said no, the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the man’s head. “Don’t do anything stupid,” he would have said. He took the man’s backpack and asked him to return his pockets before running off towards Yauger Park.

â–ª 7:30 p.m. December 11: Two men robbed an Olive Garden employee after ordering about $ 90 worth of food to be picked up outside the West Olympia restaurant. The employee brought two bags of food to the two men standing in the parking lot. One man grabbed a bag of food from his hands, while the second man tried to do the same. The first man fled from the scene, while the second man drew a gun. The victim punched him and he fled. The first man was last seen wearing an orange hat, cowboy boots, a white shirt and blue jeans. The second man, armed with the pistol, was last seen wearing earrings, a gray sweatshirt, black pants and white tennis shoes.

â–ª Around 5:15 p.m. on December 7: A man was trying out a new camera and equipment in the Eastside Street and Prospect Avenue Northeast area. As he passed a silver Honda Civic hatchback, a man emerged and threatened him with a knife, grabbing the camera and equipment. He then got back into the car and drove off. The man is described as 5ft 8in tall with bushy eyebrows. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, face mask and a black sweater with the sleeves rolled up.

Anyone with information is asked to call Olympia Police at 360-753-8300.

This story was originally published December 21, 2021 10:42 a.m.

Rolf has been with The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, Lacey’s town and business for the newspaper. Rolf graduated from Evergreen State College in 1990.


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