Olympia man accused of attack with machete

A 52-year-old man was accused of attacking his mother with a machete during a disturbance at their home in the 1200 block of 88th Avenue in Olympia on Wednesday night, court papers state.

William Crow was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon and felony harassment during a hearing Thursday in Thurston County Superior Court. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor set Crow’s bail at $75,000.

According to court papers:

Crow’s mother told sheriff’s deputies that during the attack, “Bill looked different, his eyes were hollow and she knew and believed that Bill was going to kill her.” She added that “there were times she could tell that Bill was trying to build up his courage to convince himself to actually kill her.”

Thurston County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene shortly after 9:30 p.m., when Crow’s mother called to report the attack. She said she had locked herself in the house and her son had gone outside.

When sheriff’s deputies approached, they noticed a large machete with a black handle sitting in the driveway of the home.

Crow was taken into custody by the deputies.

Crow’s mother had superficial cuts and nicks on her arms, hand, neck, chest, knees and legs. “There was blood coming from several of her wounds,” so when deputies responded it was hard for them to immediately gauge the extent of her injuries.

Crow’s mother told deputies that she had been sitting in her favorite chair watching television when her son entered the room and began yelling at her. She said he was yelling at her over incidents that took place “years and years ago.” She said he becomes upset when he is drinking.

She said “Bill ordered her to ‘tell the truth’ and pulled out a large machete from his waistband.” She said he began yelling and pointing the machete in her face, and told her, “I’m going to cut your hands and legs off.”

She said he started poking her with the machete in the chest and neck area.

Crow then began swinging the machete on the ground, causing pieces of the wood floor to come up. He struck the arms and seat of his mother’s chair, “putting large cut marks within inches of her.” He hit her on the knees with the back side of the machete, causing her right knee to swell.

“Bill also put the sharp side of the blade up against her neck and moved it back and forth as if he was going to cut her throat,” She had multiple marks on her chest, hands and legs from where the tip of the blade had punctured her skin.

Crow’s mother said he has mental problems that are exacerbated when he drinks alcohol. She said she doesn’t want him living at her home anymore, and “she is deathly afraid for her life.” Crow said during an interview with pre-trial services that “if he was out of custody he would be homeless. He stated that he has no family with whom he could stay and no close friends. He is unemployed and has no means of support.”

Crow has an extensive arrest history, including for offenses such as driving while intoxicated, second-degree assault, theft by welfare fraud and urinating in public.

Jeremy Pawloski, 360-754-5465