Crime

Olympia man arrested on suspicion of arson

A Thurston County judge set bail at $10,000 for Wyatt J. Tindall, an Olympia man accused of stalking a family and trying to light their car on fire.

Tindall, 18, appeared Friday before Judge Anne Hirsch in Thurston County Superior Court. She found probable cause for three proposed charges: first-degree attempted arson, stalking and second-degree malicious mischief.

She also prohibited Tindall from having contact with the alleged victims. Tindall and one member of the family are classmates at Avanti High School in Olympia.

“These allegations are extremely serious,” Hirsch said. “They allege a pattern of stalking behavior and escalating behavior that is very dangerous for the victim family.”

Office of Assigned Counsel attorney Tammy Shuffield, who represented Tindall at the hearing, asked the judge to release her client on his personal recognizance, as he has no known criminal history. But Hirsch said she thought $10,000 bail, the amount recommended by deputy prosecutor Carol La Verne, was more appropriate.

The Olympia Police Department reported that Tindall vandalized a car parked near the victims’ home on several occasions in March. According to court documents, Wyatt also is accused of making threatening statements on social media.

The vandalism escalated when the suspect attempted to burn the family’s car by igniting the gas tank, according to Olympia police.

One of the victims captured video surveillance footage of some of the vandalism — including the alleged arson. The footage was turned over to police.

Anyone with additional information on these alleged crimes should contact Detective Sean Lindros at 360-753-8041, or Detective Sgt. Sam Costello at 360-753-8205.

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