Police searching for suspect following SWAT response in Lacey
The 32-year-old female suspect at the center of an incident that triggered a response from Thurston County SWAT chased her victim with an ax, Thurston County Superior Court documents say.
The woman was set to appear in court Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
According to charging documents:
The woman picked up a man at a downtown Olympia camp on Monday and they returned to her home in the 6700 block of Steamer Drive Southeast.
They began to smoke a mixture of marijuana and meth, and the man told police the woman’s “demeanor completely changed.”
He said she repeatedly punched him and did not relent until he dropped to his knees and begged her to stop. The woman then armed herself with a handgun and came at him, but he was able to disarm her, throwing the gun across the room.
He said he then ran for the back door while the woman armed herself with an ax and swung it at him as she chased him into the fenced backyard.
He was able to get out of the yard and alerted Lacey police about 1:30 p.m. Monday. His injuries were treated at the scene, Sgt. Jaime Newcomb said.
The woman went back inside the home, so the SWAT team arrived to try to get her out. They later determined that she was not there.
However, early Tuesday morning, police located her vehicle as well as a handgun and a baggie of white crystals that tested positive for meth. She was ultimately located by a K9 inside the home and taken into custody. Before she was booked into jail, she was treated for a dog bite at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
Court records show the woman has had run-ins with the law before.
In March 2018, she was convicted of second-degree criminal trespass in Thurston County Superior Court and sentenced to 45 days in jail, “including time as a patient at Western State Hospital per court order.”