Olympia police search for downtown stabbing suspect Thursday morning
Olympia police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed another man Thursday morning in downtown Olympia.
Police say it happened about 7:15 a.m. near the intersection of State Avenue Northeast and Franklin Street Northeast.
The victim, 55, was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in critical condition, said police Lt. Paul Lower. The man was stabbed twice in the chest and hip but is expected to recover, Lower said.
Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, bald and on a bike.
“It sounds like there was an argument between him and another party that erupted into an assault,” Lower said. Police believe the men knew each other and that this was not a random assault.
Lower said the victim lives in the homeless camp in a parking lot at State Avenue and Franklin Street.
The intersection was closed in the morning for the investigation and traffic was diverted, including buses going into and out of the Olympia Transit Center.