Crime

Olympia man accused of breaking into house boat, threatening elderly couple

Bail was set at $10,000 for an Olympia man accused of breaking into a house boat at Swantown Marina and threatening an elderly couple with a knife.

Michael Dale Johnson, 34, pleaded not guilty Monday in Thurston County Superior Court to one count of first-degree vehicle prowl while armed with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful display of a knife.

Johnson was arrested April 3 on a warrant for failing to appear in court for his February arraignment. Trial has been set for the week of June 1.

Court documents gave this account:

On Jan. 25, officers responded to a 911 call about an unknown man who had broken into a house boat at the marina at 1022 Marine Drive NE.

The couple yelled at the man to get off the boat, but the suspect — later identified as Johnson — entered an enclosed patio. The husband retrieved a butcher knife and stood next to the glass door that separates the living quarters from the patio. Johnson allegedly walked away, then returned to the patio brandishing a 4-inch pocket knife. The suspect kept saying, “How do you think this will end?”

Police arrived and arrested Johnson on the dock. Johnson was soaking wet and wearing only underwear and a T-shirt.

According to court documents, Johnson has a prior conviction for larceny in Alaska and speeding infractions in Washington.

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