A 47-year-old man is in critical condition after he was stabbed three times in downtown Olympia early Wednesday morning.
Olympia police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of first-degree assault in connection with the incident, and he was booked into the Thurston County Jail. He will likely appear in court on Thursday.
The Olympian doesn’t name suspects until they have appeared in court.
Officers responded to the 300 block of Washington Street Northeast, near the Olympia Transit Center, just after midnight after a 911 caller reported that a man was bleeding. The victim was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, said Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower.
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Multiple witnesses told officers that the victim and his girlfriend had been sitting downtown when they were approached by the suspect. They chatted for a few minutes, and the suspect left.
A few minutes later, the girlfriend noticed that her wallet, which had been sitting on the curb, was gone, Lower said.
The victim located the suspect on Washington Street and asked him for the wallet. They got into an argument, then a violent physical altercation.
The victim ran away, but the suspect caught up with him. Witnesses reported that the suspect stabbed the victim in the back, Lower said.
The victim sustained three stab wounds: one in the back, one in the side, and one in the front of his torso.
Several witnesses gave physical descriptions of the suspect, and one provided a first name, Lower said. Police found the suspect near Bayview Thriftway. Police said there was blood splatter on his clothing and backpack.
Lower said the quick arrest was made thanks to the witnesses who came forward, and the patrol officers who made quick work of canvassing downtown.