Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
Date: February 06, 2014
Contact: Mr. Robert Calkins
Phone: (360) 596-4013
WSP Detective Makes Arrest in 2013 Olympia Assault Case
A detective from the Washington State Patrol has arrested a Gig Harbor man in connection with a much-publicized July, 2013 stabbing that occurred near Olympia’s Sylvester Park.
21-year old Joshua Rich was arrested at Gig Harbor City Hall earlier this week, where he had appeared in Municipal Court on a traffic-related charge. He was returned to Olympia and booked into the Thurston County jail pending the filing of official charges.
Sylvester Park, although located in downtown Olympia, is considered part of the Capitol Campus and law enforcement responsibility for the park falls to the State Patrol.
"I'm exceptionally proud of the way the lead investigator stayed with this case and eventually brought it to a successful conclusion,” said Captain Jason Berry, commander of the State Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division. “This was a serious assault which not only sent a man to the intensive care ward, but frightened many others who were simply enjoying a pleasant summer day in downtown Olympia."
The lead investigator, Detective Jason Noahr, determined that Rich’s victim, 36-year old Daniel Homan of Olympia, was himself the suspect in a knife attack that had occurred in Sylvester Park moments before. Instead of calling authorities to report what he had seen, Rich joined a mob chasing the suspect, caught up with him near a local transit bus and inflicted life-threatening stab wounds. Rich then fled the scene.
Homan spent several days in a local hospital recovering from his wounds, and was eventually charged in connection with the stabbing he committed. Video surveillance from the transit bus and businesses clearly showed the stabbing in which Homan was the victim, but the case went cold when none of those involved could or would identify the attacker.
In late 2014 Noahr developed a possible name and determined that Rich fit the description of the attacker in the video. Noahr met with him at the courthouse in Gig Harbor and arrested him at the conclusion of an interview. The case has been referred to the Thurston County Prosecutor for a charging decision.