Olympia police have arrested a 61-year-old man accused of severely beating a woman in a homeless encampment off of Martin Way last week.
Kevin “Kato” Forsyth appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax on Monday, and the commissioner found probable cause for a first-degree assault charge. He set bail at $5,000.
Officers responded to the encampment, located behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 2902 Martin Way E., at about 3 p.m. Oct. 4. A 911 caller reported that a woman was in her tent, bleeding profusely from her head. The woman was taken to the hospital.
The woman received 20 stitches on her face for multiple cuts, including lacerations that exposed muscle, bone and cartilage. She was unable to make a statement to police for two days, according to court documents.
When she was able to speak, she told officers that Forsyth was her boyfriend. They had been packing to leave the encampment, and he became upset because she was moving too slowly. She said Forsyth knocked her down, and she couldn’t remember additional details of the incident.
She told police that Forsyth had assaulted her in the past, but she hadn’t wanted to report the incidents before, according to court documents.
Police arrested Forsyth on Oct. 7, and he was booked into the Thurston County jail.