Thurston County Police Looking for Suspect Who Hit Man With Axe


Olympia police are asking the public to help identify a man who hit another man in the head with an axe early Monday morning.

About 12:45 a.m., near the corner of Martin Way East and Sleater-Kinney Road, two men got into a dispute over money, Lt. Paul Lower said.

That argument led to the suspect swinging and hitting the other man in the head with an axe. The victim made his way to a nearby convenience store in search of help. The person who called 911 described the victim as "semi-conscious and bleeding from his head."

The victim was given an ice pack for the cut to his head, but he otherwise refused to be treated by Olympia fire crews at the scene. He also was uncooperative about providing information, although he said he thought the suspect lived in a nearby camp at Sleater-Kinney Road and I-5, Lower said.

Police checked the area but found no witnesses. The suspect is described only as white and heavy set.

Anyone with information is asked to call Olympia police at 360-753-8300.