Lacey man allegedly assaults woman in downtown Olympia

A 40-year-old Lacey man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault Sunday after he struck and kicked a woman.

The woman, 25, and the suspect had been in a dating relationship, according to an Olympia Police Department news release.

About 5 p.m. Sunday, police responded to reports of the beating in downtown Olympia at Seventh Avenue and Franklin Street. The woman had difficulty explaining what happened, but with the help of witnesses, police tracked down the man near a downtown church.

Here’s what police say happened next:

“When the police attempted to contact the man, he pulled out a knife and held it to his own throat. The officer contacting the suspect pulled out his taser and tried to convince the suspect to put the knife down. The suspect then attempted to light a cigarette and accidentally dropped the knife.”

The officer then subdued the man with his taser.

The woman was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a possible fractured jaw.