Suspect in shooting just out of prison

29-year-old had robbed bank a year ago, served 8 months

jpawloski@theolympian.comDecember 11, 2012 

A man accused of shooting a 16-year-old boy in the abdomen in a west Olympia parking lot early Saturday had been released from prison Nov. 26 after serving an eight-month sentence for robbing the West Coast Bank on Harrison Avenue in December 2011.

The suspect, 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 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. According to court papers, Thompson, with a handgun, had approached four teens in the parking lot and demanded their belongings and their car.

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 and held him there until police arrived.

Olympia police Lt. Jim Costa said the boy’s gunshot wound was superficial and that he was released from the hospital Sunday.

Police recovered a firearm at the scene.

Thompson, who has three prior felony convictions, refused to speak to police after he was placed under arrest. He later told court officials he had been staying at a halfway house in Yelm, but when court officials called the halfway house, the director said that Thompson had moved out about one week before.

Thompson was convicted of possession of oxycodone in 2006. He also has a 2008 conviction for third-degree assault and the 2011 conviction for second-degree robbery.

Thompson’s second-degree robbery conviction stems from the December 2011 armed robbery of 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 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 waitress both identified Thompson as the suspect, and he was arrested at a Bush Avenue address several days later.

Thompson pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March 2012.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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