A 53-year-old man was arrested Tuesday when he allegedly pulled a knife on a Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Michael L. Lensegrav appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon on Wednesday afternoon. Dixon set bail at $10,000.
“The court has some difficulty coming up with a situation that would pose more danger to the community,” Dixon said. “In other words, if you’re willing to attack a police officer, who knows who else you’re willing to attack.”
Dixon said he was also concerned that Lensegrav would fail to attend his court hearings if released from jail. When he was arrested, Lensgraf had an outstanding Olympia Municipal Court DUI warrant that was issued in 1993.
Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said a deputy located Lensegrav at the Nisqually Handicapped Fishing Area, located at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Riverside Drive, at 3:37 p.m. After talking to him, the deputy learned about Lensegrav’s outstanding warrant and attempted to arrest him.
Lensegrav resisted arrest and pulled out a knife, Ziesemer said. The deputy was eventually able to hit the knife out of the Lensegrav’s hand and handcuff him.
A bystander reported the struggle, and Sheriff John Snaza, additional deputies and Nisqually tribal officers responded to the scene.
Lensegrav was taken to the Thurston County Jail.
Jenna Henderson, an Office of Assigned Counsel attorney who represented Lensegrav on Wednesday, urged the judge to consider a lower bail of $2,500 for her client. She said Lensegrav told her that he suffers from mental illness. According to court documents, Lensegrav is transient.
Dixon found him indigent and appointed the Office of Assigned Counsel to represent him in future court appearances.
His arraignment is scheduled for March 17.