A Thurston County man will be arraigned March 1 on one count of second-degree malicious mischief after witnesses said he broke car and building windows at Rosie’s Place youth shelter Monday night in downtown Olympia.
Bail was set at $2,500 Tuesday for Shawn Dean Hamilton, 21. Olympia Police arrested Hamilton Monday night.
The incident began about 9 p.m. as Rosie’s Place staff were admitting participants for the night. The suspect, who is known at the shelter, was reported to be loud and aggressive and appeared intoxicated, according to police reports. Based on previous incidents of intoxicated behavior, staff refused him entrance.
The suspect began to yell and tried to force entry. When he could not force his way into the building, he began to strike a parked car with his skateboard, according to police. The right rear passenger window was shattered, the windshield cracked and a door dented. A dog in the vehicle appeared skittish and was covered with glass, but was uninjured, police said.
The suspect is also alleged to have broken a basement window of the building, scattering glass throughout an office.
The suspect dropped his skateboard when ordered to by police, who then handcuffed and arrested him. He sustained a small cut and was treated by medics at the scene.
“We have very few incidents like these,” said Scott Hanauer, executive director of Community Youth Services, which oversees Rosie’s Place. “It’s regrettable that these kinds of things happen.”
Hanauer said there were 12 mental-health related incidents at the shelter in 2015.
The suspect told an officer that he had bought beer for two people who were staying at Rosie’s Place but they didn’t include him in drinking it and didn’t allow him to socialize with them. He said when he was denied entry, others at Rosie’s Place were laughing at him, and he told the officer, “I’ve had it up to here.”
Damage from the incident is estimated at about $1,250 to the car and $500 for the building window.
Hamilton’s last conviction was a second-degree assault conviction as a juvenile in 2010. He has been living at various shelters in the area.