Crime

Two arrested on assault charges after argument escalates

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Two men were arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail Sunday after being accused of assaulting a man, threatening him with guns and firing a round into a house.

Teral Thomas, 29, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Darwin Clement was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. (JOLT was unable to immediately verify Clement’s age.)

According to a probable cause affidavit, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in Thurston County south of Tumwater just past midnight on Sunday.

There, they spoke with three people who were at the house – an adult male, his girlfriend, and the couple’s female friend. The adult male, who was an alleged victim in this incident, said an argument broke out between himself and Thomas and Clement. The argument stemmed from the couple’s female friend saying Clement’s behavior was making her uncomfortable. The argument turned physical after the adult male (the alleged victim) said Thomas punched him in the face. He said he punched Clement, causing him to drop his cellphone. Deputies say they recovered the phone at the scene.

Thomas and Clement allegedly went to their vehicle and pulled guns from the car. Documents indicate Thomas and Clement pointed guns at the couple. Clement allegedly fired two shots into the air. The couple went inside the house and heard more gunshots fired. One bullet went through a bedroom window and lodged in a ceiling.

Thurston County deputies went to Clement’s residence and found the two suspects. Both were taken into custody without incident, and two handguns were recovered. Thomas was legally forbidden to possess a gun due to a previous felony conviction, netting him a charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in addition to the assault charge.

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