A Wednesday night fight at the Artesian Commons Park hospitalized one man, and may lead to the arrests of five people, according to the Olympia Police Department.
Officers responded to the downtown Olympia park at about 8 p.m. after an off-duty park ranger spotted the altercation and called 911. Officers found a man laying on the ground with two black eyes and a cut on his face, said Lt. Paul Lower. He was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital.
Two officers walked back to the station and reviewed video footage of the park. It showed five people beating up the victim. Officers recognized some of the suspects, and arrested two men that evening. Both will likely face assault charges in Olympia Municipal Court.
Lower said officers have leads on two of the other suspects, and believe they will identify the fifth suspect.
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The victim told officers that he went to the Artesian Commons Park to play chess with a friend. The five suspects accused him of stealing.