Skateboarder suffers broken jaw in downtown Olympia assault

Staff writerSeptember 27, 2013 

Drew Dixon, who lives and works downtown, said he was riding his skateboard about 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Sept. 19, when he was jumped from behind and thrown to the ground. He said he was thrown off his board and onto the sidewalk near the artesian well downtown, and was punched, kicked and stomped on.

JEREMY PAWLOSKI; STAFF WRITER

Olympia police are looking for a group of three to five men who attacked and beat a 22-year-old skateboarder on Fourth Avenue early Sept. 19, breaking his jaw and lacerating his liver and a kidney.

Drew Dixon, who lives and works downtown, said he was riding his skateboard about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 19 near the artesian well at Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street when he was jumped from behind, thrown onto the sidewalk and punched, kicked and stomped on.

"There was a lot of blood," he said.

Dixon said he has never had any kind of problems skateboarding alone at night downtown until last week. "I'm concerned about the way things are going downtown," he added.

Dixon said he wants to get the word out about what appears to be a random attack, so that people are aware of the dangers. Dixon's skateboard was stolen during the assault.

Dixon's jaw is now wired shut, and he has a $5,000 medical bill after spending three days at Providence St. Peter Hospital.

He said his parents flew in from Akron, Ohio, to visit him after the attack.

Olympia Police Sgt. Aaron Jelcick said witnesses in the area saw several "persons of interest" after the attack standing near a white sedan that was parked in front of Jezebel's, a bar across the street from the artesian well site.

Anyone with information about the attack are encouraged to call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300 and ask for a detective, Jelcick said.

 

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

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