Crime

Lacey man arrested after assaulting friends and groping woman

A Lacey man was arrested after assaulting two people, including a woman who rebuffed his sexual advances.

Aaron D. Walker appeared in Thurston County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing Monday and faces charges of one count of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion and two counts of fourth-degree assault.

A Thurston County sheriff deputy was dispatched to an assault call Monday (Nov. 17) from a friend of the two victims — one male and one female, according to a probable cause statement.

Walker and the three friends had been hanging out together when Walker allegedly made sexual advances toward the female by groping her and commenting on how he wanted to “get with her,” the document states.

The female repeatedly turned away Walker’s advances, saying she was a lesbian and that he needed to leave her alone, according to documents. When Walker was asked to leave, he refused, then grabbed the female’s crotch, picked her up by her crotch and hips, and threw her down on the bed before walking out of the residence, according to documents.

However, Walker returned minutes later to retrieve his phone. When confronted at the door, Walker punched the female in the face, then repeatedly punched one of the males who tried to intervene, according to documents. Both assault victims were evaluated at Providence St. Peter Hospital for their injuries, according to documents.

Lacey police officers ended up arresting Walker while deputies interviewed the victims. At Monday’s hearing, Judge Anne Hirsch set bail at $25,000 after prosecutors requested a bail of $50,000. Walker’s arraignment is set for Dec. 2, and he has no known criminal convictions, according to the court.

“The allegations in this probable cause statement are disturbing,” Hirsch said Monday.

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