Olympia police arrest felon on suspicion of stabbing man in face Sunday morning

Staff writerSeptember 23, 2013 

Olympia police arrested a 35-year-old felon who got out of prison two months ago on suspicion of stabbing a man in the face in his apartment building on Washington Street early Sunday morning.

The 53-year-old stabbing victim suffered multiple contusions to his face, a collapsed lung and broken ribs, OPD spokeswoman Laura Wohl said Monday. Olympia police responded to an apartment complex in the 500 block of Washington Street about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of a man lying in the doorway of his apartment, she said.

"He was beaten pretty badly," she said.

The suspect was found walking in downtown Olympia covered in blood around the time police responded to the incident, Wohl said. He was arrested based on statements the victim gave to police, she added.

The suspect has a long history of felony arrests. He will be named by The Olympian after his first appearance before a judge Monday afternoon.

Wohl said police believe the suspect and the victim knew each other. The victim was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital Sunday. Wohl said the man was listed in the intensive care unit at Providence on Monday, but was improving and was expected to be moved out Monday afternoon.

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

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