Olympia police have arrested a 22-year-old Olympia man in connection with a stabbing that occurred outside Bayside Quilting on State Avenue downtown Monday night.
A witness told police that he saw the suspect attack the victim, and said the suspect was using racial epithets during the assault. The suspect was allegedly “mad at the victim because he was talking to his girlfriend,” according to court papers. The victim was admitted to Providence St. Peter Hospital’s critical care unit with a damaged spleen and blood in his chest cavity from the stab wound.
Detectives located the suspect, Dane Andrew Meyers, who is known to police, based on witnesses’ descriptions, police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said. Meyers was found at an Olympia apartment Tuesday night and was taken into custody without incident, she added.
Meyers was being held Wednesday at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault. A judge found probable cause to support the allegation and set bail at $35,000.
Meyers has admitted to using racial epithets during the attack, but “claimed the incident was not racially motivated,” court papers state. “He only called him those names to make him mad.”
Meyers also told police he was jealous and angry about the victim talking to his girlfriend, according to court papers.
Meyers had been released from the Nisqually Tribal Jail, “sometime in the past few months,” court papers state.
Olympia police located the victim outside the Intercity Transit bus station downtown after the assault, Wohl said. The victim had been stabbed in the back. Responding medics “were very concerned by the amount of blood” caused by the injury, court papers state
“He had lost a significant amount of blood by the time we got to the scene,” Wohl said.
The victim told police that he was walking around downtown with a woman Monday night, and the suspect later “got in his face” and attacked him. He said he was punched in the face four to five times, then “he felt another hit in his back that felt different from the other blows,” court papers state.