Crime

Bail set at $15,000 for man accused of attacking WWII veteran in Olympia

A Thurston County judge set bail at $15,000 Friday for Keith A. Davis, a transient man accused of attacking a World War II veteran in an Olympia parking lot.

Davis, 48, appeared before Judge Anne Hirsch in Thurston County Superior Court. He was arrested Wednesday after Olympia police officers responded to reports of an assault in the parking lot of Bayview Thriftway at 516 Fourth Ave.

The Olympia Police Department gave the following account of the arrest:

The victim had been waiting in the passenger seat of his daughter’s car while she went inside to purchase groceries. Davis approached the car and asked for a cigarette.

When the victim said he didn’t have any, Davis picked up a 10-pound rock and threw it through the driver’s side window. The rock shattered the glass and barely missed hitting the victim.

Davis climbed through the broken window and began attacking the victim. The victim struck back, and a witness eventually pulled Davis off of him.

When officers arrived, the victim was bleeding and had glass embedded in his arm. A group of about 10 people were surrounding Davis, preventing him from leaving.

Officers arrested Davis, but he didn’t provide them with a reason why he attacked the victim.

At the Friday hearing, Hirsch found probable cause for two proposed charges: second-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.

Davis will enter pleas to the charges at an April 28 arraignment.

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