Homeless felon ordered held in connection with downtown Olympia stabbing

Staff writerSeptember 3, 2013 

A 28-year-old homeless felon has admitted to stabbing another man outside Jake's on Fourth Avenue in downtown Olympia on August 15, court papers state.

According to court papers:

Robert Wayne Gibbons told a corrections officer at the Nisqually Jail Monday that he wanted to confess to the Aug. 15 stabbing. Gibbons then spoke to an Olympia detective, and gave him accurate information about what occurred during the stabbing.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon found probable cause during a court hearing Monday to support the accusation that Gibbons committed first-degree assault. Gibbons was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $25,000.

The stabbing victim suffered a "penetrating laceration to his liver" that needed to be surgically repaired. During Gibbons' interview Monday at the Nisqually Jail, he admitted to stabbing the victim "out of anger.'

He said he stabbed the victim once in the side, then fled because there were many witnesses in the area. He admitted his victim did nothing to provoke the attack.

At the time of Gibbons' rearrest Monday, he had absconded from the custody of the state Department of Corrections in Spokane. He was on "escape status" with the DOC as of June.

Gibbons' lengthy criminal record includes arrests for possession of narcotics, bail jumping, escape, false reporting, theft, custodial assault, motor vehicle theft and malicious mischief.

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

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