Pot robbery suspect tried to rob same business 2 weeks ago, court records show

A 19-year-old Olympia man who was arrested over the weekend trying to rob a west Olympia marijuana dispensary told police he had tried to rob the same place two weeks ago, according to court records.

He was set to appear in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday on suspicion of first-degree robbery while armed with a firearm. Two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, also were involved in the incident.

According to charging documents:

About 5 p.m. Saturday, the man and juvenile males entered the marijuana business in the 2200 block of Black Lake Boulevard Southwest, produced a gun and pointed it at the owner to open the door.

The man with the gun attempted to break down an interior door, then forced his way into the business through a safety, plexiglass window.

The owner said the man with the gun came at him, so he “maced” him. The two fought, he sprayed him again, then the suspect picked up a baseball bat and hit him with it. He sprayed him a third time and the suspect dropped his gun and fled the building. As he was leaving, the owner struck him with a golf club

The suspects were arrested Sunday morning. The 19-year-old was taken into custody in the 4400 block of Ninth Avenue Northwest.

The 19-year-old allegedly told police that he had bought a gun earlier in the day and had planned to rob the dispensary. He also allegedly admitted to trying to rob the same business two weeks ago unsuccessfully.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.