A 26-year-old man wanted by law enforcement for an incident outside JC Penney on Wednesday was arrested that night, according to Olympia police.
The man was booked on suspicion of first-degree robbery, which includes his use of a tire iron to allegedly strike the victim and take his cell phone, Lt. Paul Lower said.
The 55-year-old victim was later taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for a cut to his head.
About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect and victim, who are acquaintances, ran into each other at a Taco Bell restaurant on Cooper Point Road. They began to argue about a financial debt until the victim left with a friend. They drove to Capital Mall and parked outside JC Penney.
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The suspect followed and allegedly blocked them with his vehicle. This was followed by the incident with the tire iron.
The suspect was later arrested in downtown Olympia about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.