Citizen complaints spur arrest outside Boulevard Road residence

Staff writerMay 20, 2013 

Olympia police arrested a man on suspicion of methamphetamine possession Thursday while conducting a "knock and talk" operation in the 1500 block of Boulevard Road due to neighborhood complaints about suspicious activity, court papers state.

David Mullen, 39, was being held at the Thurston County Jail Monday after a judge found probable cause to support the meth possession accusation. Mullen's bail was set at $2,500. While in jail, Mullen also was re-arrested on a warrant alleging unlawful possession of a firearm.

OPD spokeswoman Laura Wohl said Monday that police conducted a "knock and talk" operation at three residences on Boulevard Road Thursday night after citizens complaints. "We had had neighbor complaints about a lot of traffic in and out" of the residences, she said.

There was one other arrest during the operation, at a neighboring residence on Boulevard where a man was taken into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order, Wohl said.

According to court papers:

Olympia police officers knew the Boulevard residence to be occupied by a subject "with an active felony warrant and a history of narcotics involvement."

When two officers saw three men walk to the door of the residence, they walked up to them, and told them they were responding due to some recent complaints. Officer Sean Lindros asked the men if he could frisk them to ensure none of them had weapons. During a search of Mullen, Lindros found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. Mullen was arrested. During the investigation, the Olympia officers learned that the car Mullen used to drive to the Boulevard Road residence "was associated with an active burglary investigation where guns had been taken."

Mullen was transported and booked at the Thurston County Jail. He has an extensive criminal history, with 29 arrests dating back to 1992, court papers state. Mullen also served five years in prison, from 2007 to 2012, after being convicted in a Thurston County theft and residential burglary case, according to court papers.

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

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