Man pleads not guilty to threatening women at Olympia’s Artesian Well

A 37-year-old California man pleaded not guilty to felony harassment and marijuana possession in Thurston County Superior Court on Tuesday morning after allegedly threatening two people with a knife at Olympia’s Artesian Well.

Nicholas C. Newman was arrested November 3 and is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $750 bail.

Court documents give the following account of the incidents leading to his arrest:

An Olympia Police Department officer parked at the Artesian Well witnessed a loud argument in the park. A few minutes later, a man ran up to his car and told him that Newman had threatened two women with a knife.

The officer circled the block and saw Newman. Newman ran away, throwing his knife onto the roof of a nearby restaurant. The officer caught and arrested Newman, and found $580 in cash and 80 grams of marijuana in his pockets.

The officer gained access to the roof and found the knife.