Olympia man allegedly harasses people with knife

Tried going for another’s throat, witness told police


An Olympia man was charged with a felony after allegedly threatening multiple people with a knife and later refusing to heed the orders of responding police officers.

Tyler Jay Tally, 29, was charged with second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon by the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on July 11.

Olympia police arrested Tyler on July 8 after reports of harassment at the Union Gospel Mission downtown involving someone wielding a knife.

An employee told authorities that there was a man, later identified as Tyler, harassing people with a knife.

One witness said Tyler lunged at his throat with a knife, which he blocked using his forearm. He was uninjured.

The employee said he saw this altercation through surveillance cameras but did not realize at the time that a knife was involved.

Police arrived at the scene and ordered Tyler to drop a knife that he was still holding, but the suspect did not comply.

Tyler ignored the orders of multiple officers and walked off south, according to the police report. As he walked away, officers grabbed him by the backpack and detained him.

Police found a glass pipe with black residue and two Ziploc-type baggies inside Tyler’s backpack.

He was booked into the Thurston County Jail for harassment – threats to kill.


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  • AugieH

    If Tyler had lunged with the knife at a civilian who was carrying, things might have ended differently. And he was booked for just "harassment"?

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