At least one suspect involved in a late-night fight between strangers in downtown Olympia faces a charge of second-degree assault.
The incident occurred just after midnight Saturday on Fourth Avenue East between Capitol Way and Washington Street. According to police reports, a confrontation between two groups began after one man “shoulder-checked” another man as they passed each other on Fourth Avenue.
A 41-year-old man was injured in the fight. He was treated at Providence St. Peter Hospital for a fractured nose, according to police. The man told police that he remembered four young white men walking by, and one saying something about a “shoulder-check.” He said he was kicked and punched while on the ground and at some point went into a glass window, according to the report.
Shelton residents Alan R. Dickinson, 25, and Christopher A. Tinnerstet, 24, were later arrested for fourth-degree assault and booked into the Olympia jail. However, when police received medical information from St. Peter Hospital, police changed the accusations to second-degree assault.
Dickinson was booked into Thurston County Jail. He appeared at Thurston County Superior Court and was released on personal recognizance. Arraignment is set for June 30 and charges are pending. Judge James Dixon also required that Dickinson abstain from using alcohol and undergo court supervision with a urinalysis.
Tinnerstet was released on his own recognizance because of a medical condition, with police forwarding the second-degree assault charges to the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration.
According to police reports, Dickinson told police that he saw Tinnerstet being assaulted by three men and came to his defense. Tinnerstet told police he had walked past three large men when one of those men hit him with their shoulder.
Police report that swollen and red knuckles on Dickinson’s hand were his only visible injury. Police report that the only injury observed on Tinnerstet was a “penny-size swollen lump on the left upper lip.”