A 19-year-old Tenino man was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly threatened a friend and stole his car.
Anthony R. Donley appeared Wednesday afternoon before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon. The judge found probable cause for charges of first-degree robbery while armed with a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle and third-degree malicious mischief.
Dixon said that Donley posed a significant risk to public safety and ordered him held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Court documents give the following account:
Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Tenino about 10: 45 p.m. after a man reported that someone with a gun had stolen his car.
The man said that he and a friend, Donley, had been sitting in his car across the street from the cemetery when Donley suddenly told the man to get out of the car, leave his phone, and either lie on the ground or walk away.
The man said he believed Donley had a gun, although he never saw one. He said he grabbed his phone and ran away, but Donley followed him. The man threw his phone and kept running. Donley walked back to the car and drove away.
About 12:30 a.m., deputies received reports that the stolen car had been abandoned in a ditch on Skookumchuck Road Southeast, about a mile from Donley’s home.
About the same time, Donley posted on Facebook that he had crashed a car. A deputy initiated a Facebook conversation with him using a false name, and Donley told the deputy that he was at home and had a gun.
Deputies used a K-9 to follow the trail of the driver of the crashed car. The dog led deputies to Donley’s house, and he was arrested.
Donley denied any involvement in the theft of the car.