Woman, 61, hurt during robbery at restaurant

jpawloski@theolympian.comNovember 5, 2013 

A 23-year-old man is accused of breaking a 61-year-old woman’s shoulder by knocking her to the ground and ripping away her purse in the Izzy’s restaurant parking lot Friday.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ordered Christopher Dixon, no relation to the judge, held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery during a court hearing Monday.

Dixon set the suspect’s bail at $20,000.

Olympia police were dispatched to the Izzy’s parking lot just after 5 p.m. Friday after a report of a strong-arm robbery. The alleged victim was walking to the restaurant with her daughter and granddaughter when a man grabbed her purse, knocked her to the ground, and ran away, police said.

The suspect left the scene in a gray Toyota Camry. Witnesses at the scene were able to get a partial license plate number, from which Olympia police found three possible matches.

Thurston County sheriff’s deputies went to the Olympia address of the registered owners of one of the three vehicles and detained the Toyota as it pulled into a Hogan Drive address.

Dixon and the Toyota’s driver both denied being in the Izzy’s parking lot. The deputy detained the driver and Dixon, and witnesses later identified Dixon as the suspect.

Dixon was a crime victim earlier this year. He was shot in the hip in Tacoma in July, Tacoma Police Officer Loretta Cool confirmed Monday. Cool said Dixon was shot in the McDonald’s parking lot on South 38th Street in Tacoma while he and a woman were trying to sell pills to two transients. Instead of purchasing the pills, the transients demanded money and the pills at gunpoint and shot Dixon, according to a report in The News Tribune.

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

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