A 46-year-old man will likely face first-degree assault charges after a 47-year-old man was stabbed in the back, torso and side early Wednesday morning in downtown Olympia.
Jesse E. Jones appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax on Thursday, and the commissioner set bail at $500,000.
Jones was released from prison only about 10 days before he was arrested Wednesday, Kortokrax said. Deputy Prosecutor Joe Jackson said his extensive criminal history dates back to a 1988 first-degree assault conviction. Jones was convicted of second-degree assault in 2000.
Altogether, Jones’ criminal history includes 15 prior convictions that are either assaults or domestic violence.
According to police, officers responded to the 300 block of Washington Street Northeast, near the Olympia Transit Center, just after midnight Wednesday 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. He sustained a punctured lung and lost a large amount of blood.
Multiple witnesses told officers that the victim and his girlfriend had been sitting downtown when they were approached by a man, later identified as Jones. They chatted for a few minutes, and Jones 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 Jones on Washington Street and asked him for the wallet. They got into an argument, then a violent physical altercation.
The victim ran away, but Jones caught up with him. Witnesses reported that Jones 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 the first name “Jesse,” Lower said. One man said Jones approached him and told him that a murder had just occurred, and he was worried someone saw him, according to court documents. The man believed that Jones meant that he had killed someone.
Police found Jones near Bayview Thriftway. Police said there was blood splatter on his clothing and backpack.
Jones told police that the red splatter was spilled Gatorade, according to court documents.