Olympia man arrested on suspicion of hitting woman with golf club

Staff writerFebruary 24, 2014 

Olympia police arrested a 50-year-old man Sunday after he allegedly punched a woman in the face, strangled her and struck her in the face repeatedly with a golf club, court papers state.

The suspect, Derek Hicks, had a domestic violence no-contact order requiring him to stay away from the woman at the time of the alleged attack at a residence in the 3000 block of Martin Way E.

Hicks was released from the Thurston County Jail on Feb. 7, after serving a sentence following a domestic violence conviction involving the same woman he is now accused of assaulting on Sunday, court papers state.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon set Hicks' bail at $50,000 during a court hearing Monday. Dixon found probable cause to order Hicks held on suspicion of second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, first-degree burglary, assault in violation of a domestic violence no-contact order, and felony violation of a no-contact order.

According to court papers:

Olympia police were dispatched to the woman's residence Sunday after she called emergency dispatchers to report an assault. Hicks was arrested while walking near a convenience store on Martin Way. He gave officers a false name.

Officers noticed that Hicks had fresh blood on his head and two lacerations there. Hicks told officers he had fallen.

But the woman who reported the assault had earlier told officers that during the attack, the golf club Hicks hit her with broke in half, and she used the broken end of the golf club to protect herself and managed to hit him in the head with it, causing injury.

The woman told police that she lost consciousness while Hicks was choking her and that she believed he intended to kill her.

Hicks criminal history shows that he has three prior convictions for violating a no contact order.


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

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