A 61-year-old Steamboat Island man was arrested Oct. 8 after another man was hit with a baseball bat.
William D. Savage appeared Tuesday before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch, who set bail at $100,000 and found probable cause for two charges: first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.
Savage refused to have a court-appointed attorney present for the hearing and repeatedly swore. He left the hearing before the judge could establish conditions of release.
Court documents give the following account of the incidents leading to Savage’s arrest:
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Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a Steamboat Island property after a man reported that he had been assaulted by a man with a baseball bat.
The victim told deputies that Savage entered and exited the trailer that the victim lives in. He said Savage was holding a baseball bat, so he picked up a wooden rod to defend himself.
The victim said Savage walked over and immediately started swinging the baseball bat at him, hitting the victim three times. Savage then told the victim that he needed cigarettes and that the victim had 20 minutes to get him some.
Savage was still at the scene when deputies arrived. He told them that he didn’t do anything, and that he didn’t have a baseball bat.
Savage had been out on bail in a 2013 case, which includes another second-degree assault charge.