The suspect in Saturday's shooting, Nicholas Bostrom Thompson, 29, was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail during a court hearing Monday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, and one count each of second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon set Thompson's bail at $250,000.
Police were dispatched to a report of a shooting outside an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Fern Street shortly after midnight Saturday. According to court papers, Thompson had approached four teens in the parking lot with a handgun and demanded their belongings and car.
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The 16-year-old tried to stop Thompson from taking the car, which had two teenage girls inside, court papers state. During a struggle, Thompson fired four shots, and one of the rounds struck the 16-year-old in the abdomen. The three other teenagers outside the car were able to pin Thompson to the ground during a physical altercation and held him there until police arrived.
Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa said the boy's gunshot wound was superficial, and he was released from the hospital on Sunday.
Police recovered a firearm at the scene. Thompson, who has a total of three prior felony convictions, refused to speak to police after he was placed under arrest. Thompson later told court officials he had been staying at a halfway house in Yelm, court papers state, but when court officials called the halfway house, the director said that Thompson had moved out about one week prior.
Thompson was convicted of possession of oxycodone in 2006. He also has a 2008 conviction for third-degree assault and a 2011 conviction for second-degree robbery.
Thompson's second-degree robbery conviction stems from a December, 2011 armed robbery at the West Coast Bank in the 2800 block of Harrison Avenue. Thompson was arrested two days after the robbery. According to court papers, a waitress at the Brewery City Pizza told police she served Thompson when he entered the restaurant just minutes after the bank robbery. She reported that the man she served seemed suspicious. He purchased a medium pizza and three cognacs. Bank employees and the Brewery City waitress both identified Thompson as the suspect, and he was arrested at a Bush Avenue address several days later.
Thompson pleaded guilty to the bank robbery and was sentenced in March, 2012.
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