Man sentenced for knife attack outside Olympia library

Staff writerApril 23, 2014 

A judge sentenced a 24-year-old man to three months in jail Wednesday for attempting to stab another man in the parking lot of the Olympia Timberland Library on Feb. 19.

Kyle William Robert Hartel allegedly confronted his boyfriend in the library parking lot and demanded the man's bus pass during the Feb. 19 altercation, court papers state. The two began fighting each other in the parking lot after the man refused to give Hartel his bus pass.

Hartel pleaded guilty to second-degree assault during a court hearing Wednesday before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price, and was immediately sentenced afterward.

According to court papers:

The victim told police that during the altercation, Hartel put his backpack down on the ground, pulled out a 10-inch knife and began swinging it at the man. The victim said Hartel tried to stab him several times, but he wrestled Hartel to the ground until Hartel lost the knife.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Cailen Wevodau said Wedesday that the fight between the two men never entered the library.

Wevodau said that with time served, Hartel would be getting released from jail on Wednesday.

Hartel, who was transient at the time of the attack, is from Colorado. Wevodau said Hartel's mother appeared in court for her son's sentencing hearing Wednesday, and said she would be taking him back to Colorado.

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