Suspect in custody, another at large in downtown Olympia assault

A Thurston County judge set bail at $5,000 for Brynn K. Thomas, an Olympia woman accused of helping a second suspect in an assault at the Artesian Commons Park.

Thomas, 31, was arrested Thursday night after she allegedly participated in an assault at the downtown Olympia park. She was being held in the Thurston County Jail. She appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch on Friday afternoon.

Court documents give the following account of her arrest:

Olympia police responded to the Artesian Commons Park about 4:30 p.m. Thursday after a witness reported that a woman was bleeding heavily from her head. The woman was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital.

Surveillance footage of the park showed that two women, later identified as Thomas and Alexandra Thompson, had arrived at the park in a white van. The women climbed out of the vehicle and approached the victim, who was riding her bike past the park. Thompson punched the victim in the face, knocking her off the bicycle.

Footage shows that Thompson punched the woman in the head 13 times while she was lying on the ground. Thomas and Thompson then left the scene in the van.

An officer visited the victim in the hospital and learned she had facial fractures and needed stitches. She identified the two suspects as Thomas and Thompson.

Police were able to find Thomas at her home, which they found using the van’s license plate and Department of Licensing records. Thomas admitted to police that she had driven Thompson to the park prior to the assault.

She also said that she had driven Thompson home to change out of her bloody clothes, then dropped her off at the Lacey Transit Center.

Police were still searching for Thompson on Saturday.