Police arrest transient for random assaults in downtown Olympia

Olympia police arrested a 22-year-old transient Friday on suspicion of assault in the third degree, a felony.

According to the city of Olympia website, several people called 911 about 1:40 p.m. Friday to report a man in the area of Fourth Avenue and Franklin Street who had “punched at least four people, with no provocation, who had walked by him on the sidewalk.”

“The people he had punched had run off in fear, and others were trying to get away from the suspect as fast as they could,” police reported.

Police found the man sitting on the sidewalk in front of the State Theater. They began to handcuff him, but he shook them loose and lashed out, punching two officers in the face and hitting another with his elbows.

The man eventually was subdued with a stun gun and booked into the Thurston County Jail.

The suspect was still in jail Monday, according to the Thurston County jail roster.