Olympia man accused of using children as shield to try to avoid arrest appears in court

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A man who appeared in court Wednesday is accused of barricading himself in an Olympia apartment with two of his children after police told him he was under arrest, according to court documents.

Dvante Santel M. Jackson, 27, also is accused of taking his girlfriend’s car without her permission.

Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax found probable cause to charge Jackson with theft of a motor vehicle, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and harassment related to domestic violence.

Jackson has two other matters pending before the court, both of which are scheduled for trials in October. Kortokrax decided to deny a request for release conditions on those two matters and set a motion hearing for Aug. 22, and Jackson will be held pending that hearing.

Bail for the new accusations was set at $20,000, Jackson was ordered to surrender weapons, and a no-contact order will be issued protecting the alleged victim. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 20.

According to court documents:

At 8:43 p.m. Tuesday, officers with the Olympia Police Department responded to a report of domestic violence assault at an apartment complex on the 1200 block of Fern Street Southwest. The person who reported the possible assault said her sister had texted her that her sister’s boyfriend, Jackson, was “pushing her and wouldn’t return her car keys,” charging documents read.

The person reporting also said there were children in the apartment ages 3 months, 2 years, and 4 years.

Once at the apartment complex, an officer saw a woman who looked like she’d been crying with a young child in a car seat. The woman said she was arguing with Jackson, the father of her children.

According to the woman, Jackson had taken her extra car key and left three weeks earlier after saying he was going to the store. On Tuesday, the woman said Jackson had returned, came into her apartment, and threatened to leave her if she didn’t make him dinner.

“She went on to tell me that the Acura Jackson had taken was her only car and only mode of transportation and that for the last three weeks she had been trying to care for her three children with no car,” the officer reported.

Though Jackson said the woman’s car was parked in front of the apartment, an officer ultimately located the car three buildings away.

While the woman was talking to the police, Jackson allegedly yelled out a window to “Stop talking to the cops!” and “bring my daughter back in here.” The other two children were still in the apartment.

When officers attempted to speak with Jackson through a window, police reported that Jackson declined to come to the front door, was “extremely uncooperative,” and refused to answer questions.

Once officers notified Jackson that he was under arrest and needed to come out, Jackson refused to come out or send the children out.

“Eventually he shut the window and closed all of the blinds, barricading himself in the apartment,” charging documents read.

Officers then contacted the Hostage Negotiation Team, which Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower told The Olympian is part of the Thurston County SWAT team.

A negotiator tried to get Jackson to release the children and surrender, charging documents read. Jackson said he would, but didn’t. After about 2 1/2 hours of trying to negotiate with Jackson, officers decided to execute a search warrant and entered the apartment.

Officers found Jackson in a back bedroom “shielding himself behind the two children.” He was laying on a bed with a child in each arm, covering most of his face and chest with the kids, according to the documents.

Two officers pried his arms free and removed the children without injury to the children, who were reunited with their mother.

Lt. Lower told The Olympian the mother is doing well, and that a victim advocate will be in touch with her to work through next steps. He said officers from the Tumwater and Lacey Police Departments responded to the scene, along with the officers from the Olympia Police Department and hostage negotiation team.