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March 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Suspect in Grays Harbor County Courthouse attack to appear in court today

The man suspected of attacking a judge and a sheriff’s deputy in the Grays Harbor County Courthouse Friday will have an initial court hearing in Grays Harbor County District Court this afternoon.

Steven Daniel Kravetz will appear before a judge sometime after 3 p.m., according to the Grays Harbor County prosecutor’s office.

Kravetz, 34, was arrested in his mother’s Olympia home on Saturday afternoon and booked into the Mason County Jail for investigation of felony assault. As is procedural, Kravetz is being held without bail; a bail amount will be determined during the hearing today, said Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott.

Prosecutors are expected to quickly file initial criminal charges in district court before filing felony charges in Grays Harbor County Superior Court. Scott said that once prosecutors file in district court, they have up to two weeks to file felony charges. It’s unclear whether Kravetz, who has been held all weekend in the Mason County Jail, will remain there or be transferred to the Grays Harbor County Jail.

Kravetz is accused of attacking sheriff’s Deputy Polly Davin after she confronted him inside the county’s historic courthouse on Friday.

The attacker told Davin his name was “Michael Thomas” and then stabbed the deputy. He also stabbed Superior Court Judge David Edwards when he intervened in the attack on Davin.

During the struggle, the deputy was shot with her own handgun. The attacker ran out of the courthouse with the deputy’s gun.

Both Edwards, 63, and Davin, 45, were treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital and released Friday night.

Authorities said they found evidence linking Kravetz to the courthouse assault during Saturday’s arrest, including the deputy’s handgun. Kravetz’s mother, Roberta L. Dougherty, 58, called 911 to report her son’s whereabouts shortly after the Sheriff’s Office released a “wanted” flier Saturday morning with photos of Kravetz and Dougherty.

Olympia police monitored the home where Kravetz had been living with his mother in the 300 block of Division Street. A SWAT team surrounded the home and negotiated with Kravetz for about a half-hour before arresting him without incident, authorities said.

During the search on Friday, authorities said they feared the name given by the attacker at the courthouse may have been false. The lack of security cameras also compounded the difficulty in the search.

But authorities received a break when they heard from a Montesano attorney, who said Kravetz had used the phone in his office a short time after the attack, said Scott.

Kravetz went to the office of attorney Robert Ehrhardt and called his mother, Scott said. Kravetz’s mother drove to Montesano and picked him up, authorities said.

Authorities say that it is unclear whether Dougherty knew at the time that her son was suspected in the attack on the judge and deputy. Dougherty is not facing charges.

Kravetz lived in Grays Harbor County between 2005 and 2007, when he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence involving his mother, Scott said.

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