Hate crime charge possible after fight outside Olympia gay bar

An Olympia man could be charged with a hate crime following a fight outside an Olympia gay bar this week.

Dwayne Houston, 35, was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of malicious harassment, Washington’s hate-crime law, and other crimes.

The incident happened about 12 a.m. Thursday outside Jake’s on 4th. According to a police report, Houston allegedly assaulted multiple people and shouted anti-gay and racial slurs.

When police searched Houston, they found a white substance believed to be cocaine, according to the report.

On Thursday afternoon, a Thurston County Superior Court commissioner found probable cause for three charges — second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a controlled substance-cocaine and malicious harassment — and set bail at $25,000.

Houston is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 12.