A 46-year-old man from the Yelm area was hospitalized and under arrest Monday on suspicion of leading law enforcement on a chase that started in Yelm and ended in Olympia.
The suspect was under observation at Providence St. Peter Hospital with a sheriff’s deputy at his bedside. He was arrested on suspicion of several felony crimes, including robbery in the second degree; attempted robbery in the second degree; attempted robbery in the first degree and two counts of assault in the second degree.
Thurston County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said the suspect was being treated for medical issues not related to his arrest.
An 84-year-old woman, who was injured prior to the chase, also is at Providence St. Peter Hospital in stable condition, with injuries to her arms, hands, legs, face, neck and head. Her name was not immediately available.
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“She’s pretty banged up,” Brady said Monday.
According to Brady and a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office news release:
About 9:30 a.m. Monday, the suspect approached the woman in Yelm, near the bowling alley on Yelm Avenue, and allegedly tried to get her car keys. He then allegedly began to “viciously beat” her before some passersby came to her aid.
The man then allegedly assaulted one of the helpers and stole his truck. A pursuit ensued through the northeast portion of Thurston County — including Marvin Road in Lacey and on and off Interstate 5 — involving the Sheriff’s Office and Lacey and Olympia police.
The chase, which lasted 15 minutes, ended in the area of 26th Avenue and Friendly Grove Road Northeast in Olympia.
A Thurston County sheriff’s detective blocked the truck and then pushed it into a ditch. The suspect then allegedly attempted to back up onto the detective’s vehicle before running away. He allegedly tried to carjack another vehicle before a Lacey police officer subdued him with a stun gun.