A 59-year-old Olympia man pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault in Thurston County Superior Court Tuesday morning after allegedly slamming another man into a restaurant window.
William C. Jones is was arrested Nov. 6 and is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
According to court documents, Jones was arrested at about 3 a.m. after Bread Peddler employees reported that two men were fighting outside and had broken the restaurant's window. Olympia Police Department officers responded and saw Jones holding the other man in a chokehold. The Bread Peddler’s window was shattered.
The employees reported that the saw Jones threatening the other man with a knife, grabbing him by the neck and slamming him into the window. The other man struggled, slamming his cane into the window until it broke, according to court documents.
Police arrested Jones, who allegedly said that if he wanted to hurt the other man, he would have done it already.