A 39-year-old Olympia woman pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary and harassment charges in Thurston County Superior Court Tuesday morning after allegedly entering an Olympia home and threatened the family with a metal rod.
Olympia police arrested Rachel M. Patterson on Sept. 20 after responding to a call that a woman had entered the home, according to court documents. When police arrived, Patterson was allegedly upstairs yelling while brandishing a 7-foot metal bed rail. A child, one of the residents, was standing behind her, according to court documents.
Patterson allegedly dropped the bed rail when an officer ordered her to lie on the ground. She dropped to her knees and repeatedly yelled, “My kids are locked in a safe, I need my babies,” according to court documents.
The home’s residents — a man, a woman and their grandchild — said they didn’t know Patterson or how she entered the house, according to court documents.
Patterson is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.