Downtown Olympia activist David Fawver, who goes by the name Long Haired David, was hospitalized Thursday night following an altercation outside of Cafe Love, according to the Olympia Police Department.
Kiel S. Duggins, a 24-year-old Olympia man, was arrested for second-degree assault following the incident, and is being held at the Thurston County Jail. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch set bail at $50,000 at a Friday afternoon court appearance.
Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl said the altercation began with a dispute over a bicycle in front of the cafe, located on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue. Fawver and another man began shoving each other and fell through the cafe’s front window.
Several people rushed forward and pulled the two men out of the glass, Wohl said. When Fawver stepped back onto the sidewalk, he stumbled into Duggins, who had been watching the altercation.
Duggins responded by punching Fawver in the head, causing Fawver to lose consciousness.
“It sounds like he just hauled off and hit him,” Wohl said. “And he hit him pretty hard.”
Fawver was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with a concussion and broken facial bones, Wohl said.
According to the Olympia Police Department, Duggins is the same man who assaulted an Intercity Transit bus driver Feb. 25. The man was sentenced to eight months in custody Sept. 25 with credit for time served.
Hirsch made note of the previous case during the Friday afternoon court appearance, and cited it as a reason for the high bail.
Rob Richards, program manager for the Downtown Ambassador Program, said one of his employees has been in contact with Fawver since the incident, staying with him overnight in the hospital. He said Fawver regained consciousness, and was released from the hospital Friday afternoon.
“This morning he asked my employee to contact a glass shop so that he could pay for the replacement of Cafe Love’s window,” Richards said. “He felt so bad that the window was broken that he wanted to pay for it. So I know he’s going to be OK.”
Fawver’s friends and community members donated enough money to cover the cost of the window replacement on Friday, Richards said.
Fawver became a fixture of the community in 1998 when he co-founded the Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project, Richards said. Since then, he has continued his work with that project and other organizations.
He’s also been a proponent of needle exchange programs, launching a one-man protest when Thurston County cut back its program in 2005.
“He’s always been a figurehead and a well-respected, beloved person in the downtown street community,” Richards said.
Tahoe Jones, a voluntarily homeless activist, is a friend of Fawver’s and witnessed the incident around 10:45 p.m. He said two giant shards of glass were hanging down after the first man grabbed Fawver after an argument and pushed him through the window. However, a second man rushed over and punched Fawver in the head, knocking him out cold, Tahoe said.
“It was totally out of the blue,” Tahoe said.
Cafe Love co-owner Joe Hickox said the plate glass window measured 9.3 feet tall by 3.6 feet wide. He is miffed at paying a $250 insurance deductible, but glad to learn Fawver is recovering and will return to the downtown community.
“He’s a nice guy. Everybody knows him,” Hickox said. “He’s out there helping people all the time.”