If you witness a crime, here’s what to do
A 27-year-old Thurston County man is accused of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree theft in connection with an April 27 incident on Devoe Street.
Patrick J. Harlan appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Jim Dixon on Wednesday. Bail was set at $50,000, court records show.
According to charging documents:
About 5:30 p.m. April 27, a Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 600 block of Devoe Street Northeast. There, he met a Seattle man who said he had been beaten up about 1 p.m. the same day.
The man said he and Harlan had been exchanging sexual images with each other and had agreed to meet for a sexual encounter at the Devoe Street address. When the Seattle man arrived, he saw a shirtless Harlan standing outside a large storage shed. They went inside the shed and Harlan had him sit on a couch.
“(The victim) stated he took off his T-shirt and when he looked up, three masked men entered, one armed with a baseball bat,” court documents read.
The Seattle man said he was hit in the back of the head and on his back with the bat. The attackers also used zip ties and rope to secure his hands and feet. A T-shirt was used to cover his mouth and they removed his phone and wallet from his pockets, he told police.
“(The victim) began pleading for his life; however, Patrick demanded the pass code to his phone so that he could delete any intimate photos of himself from the cell phone,” the documents read. “(The victim) provided the pass code, at which point Patrick and the men carried him out to his own car and stuffed him in his trunk.”
After a short drive, Harlan and the other men bailed out of the vehicle, leaving it running with the victim still in the trunk. The Seattle man eventually broke the handle off the interior trunk lid and got out. He said a man approached him and helped to cut off the zip ties.