A Kelso-Longview area man is headed to trial in August after having a series of run-ins with police in recent months.
Christian Mackenzie Thompson, 22, was already wanted on suspicion of malicious mischief, robbery, burglary, cyberstalking and violations of court orders when he was arrested on January 8, said Longview police Sergeant Chris Blanchard. Longview police that day found him and another person passed out in a car during a traffic stop, according to court documents.
Thompson “woke up in a panic” when officers knocked on his car window, and began reaching for something behind the driver’s seat, court records show. Officers yelled for him to show his hands, but he continued to reach behind his seat and at one point toward his waistband.
At that point, a Longview officer sent police dog Ike, who bit Thompson’s right hand and began dragging him from the vehicle, court documents said.
“The concern was that he either had access to a weapon, which was unknown at the time, (or was) potentially reaching for a weapon,” Blanchard said.
In a search warrant, officers found a backpack located on the back seat in the area Thompson was reaching for. It contained a stolen handgun, cocaine, Suboxone, and a brown substance. Officers also found ammunition, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, an insurance card for a passenger, $500 in fake currency, and a black face mask in the car.
Officers arrested Thompson and requested a new warrant for suspicion of unlawful firearm possession, stolen firearm possession and drug possession.
Thompson was arrested again on the night of April 30, in the 1400 block of South Sixth Street in Kelso.
Law enforcement were informed that he had a firearm, and based on the number of charges against him and his hostility toward officers in the past, police decided to activate Lower Columbia SWAT to assist in arresting him, Blanchard said.
“Patrol tried to coax him out of the garage, he didn’t respond, so they activated SWAT,” Longview police Corporal Brian Streissguth said. “We surrounded, continued PA announcements ... and he eventually came out on his own, surrendered.”
Thompson was booked and initially only charged with illegal suboxone possession. Cowlitz County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen said that’s because his office had to act quickly to write out a warrant for Thompson’s arrest about two weeks prior. Prosecutors received the case the afternoon of April 19 and had to get a warrant signed by 4 p.m. that day, he said, so there wasn’t time to research and file every charge.
“We had a small opportunity for judicial opportunity to review and sign off that warrant,” Jurvakainen said on May 9. “We quickly charged one of the charges to get it in front of the judge. There was a very limited window of opportunity ... Quite often that process takes multiple days. ... Additional charges will be added either at or before arraignment.”
According to his bail study from that arrest, he is at a high risk for violent felony recidivism. Since Thompson only was charged with drug possession during his first appearance on May 1, the prosecutor asked for $5,000 bail, Jurvakainen said. Thompson’s bond was set at $2,500 and he bailed out that day.
Thompson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to amended charges of drug possession, unlawful firearm possession and possession of a stolen firearm. He is scheduled for trial on August 13.