Man accused of attempted robbery with a toy gun pleads not guilty

A 22-year-old transient man pleaded not guilty first-degree attempted robbery in Thurston County Superior Court on Tuesday morning after allegedly threatening an Olympia restraunt employee with a toy gun.

Kevin R. Lesher was arrested November 5 and is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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

A restaurant employee stepped into a downtown Olympia alley behind the restaurant to smoke at about 1 a.m. The suspect approached her asking for a cigarette, and she explained that she didn’t have any more.

The suspect pulled a gun out of his clothing and demanded a cigarette and a lighter. The woman noticed that it was loaded with an orange, foam dart. Realizing that the gun was a toy, she ripped the gun out of the suspect’s hands and threw it over a nearby fence. The suspect ran away.

The woman stayed outside to finish her cigarette, and the suspect began running toward her. The woman screamed at the suspect to leave her alone, then went inside to tell her coworkers and friends what happened.

A male friend went outside to see if the suspect was still there, and he was. The friend confronted the suspect and the two men shoved each other. The suspect ran away, screaming for someone to call 911.

The woman and her coworkers called the police, who located and arrested the suspect.