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ATM bombing suspect appears in court again, this time on more serious charges

A day after an ATM bombing suspect appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on a lesser charge, Jason A. Goudy (left), 38, was back in court Thursday to face much more serious charges.
A day after an ATM bombing suspect appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on a lesser charge, Jason A. Goudy (left), 38, was back in court Thursday to face much more serious charges. Rolf Boone

A day after Jason A. Goudy appeared in Thurston County Superior Court on a charge of eluding police, the ATM bombing suspect was back in court on much more serious charges.

A Superior Court commissioner found probable cause for second-degree malicious placement of an explosive device, second-degree arson and first-degree theft at a Thursday hearing.

Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax set bail at $60,000 and for it to run consecutive with the $20,000 in bail imposed Wednesday on charges he attempted to elude police.

If Goudy makes bail, Kortokrax also ordered that he is not to go on the property of any bank or credit union, and is required to stay with a family member at a Thurston County address on Kirsop Road.

According to charging documents, here’s what Goudy is accused of:

Lacey police reviewed video surveillance at a Columbia Bank ATM near College Street that showed a man fitting Goudy’s appearance prying open the ATM and inserting wiring and tubing into the machine. The video showed the man stepping out of the way and detonating the explosive about 2:50 a.m. April 4. He allegedly stole $50,000 in cash from the machine.

Lacey police responded to a burglary alarm at that location about 3 a.m. the same day.

Days later, acting on information and a vehicle description from Tacoma police about an ATM bombing in Tacoma Tuesday morning, Lacey police began checking area banks and spotted the vehicle at South Sound Shopping Center. Police initiated a traffic stop, but Goudy fled in his white Chevy Malibu to the 1400 block of 113th Avenue Southeast, near Tumwater.

A Thurston County Sheriff’s Office K9 tracked down Goudy, who suffered a bite wound that was treated at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

Lacey investigators searched his car and a mini-storage unit and found evidence “consistent with components used in creating and/or detonating explosives,” the charging documents read.

Police say they also found evidence that connects Goudy to an ATM bombing in Spanaway on March 31 and the bombing in Tacoma on Tuesday, according to charging documents. About $10,200 was stolen from the Spanaway ATM location.

Goudy also is suspected of being connected to attempts to break into ATMs at the Columbia Bank branch in Lacey on March 30 and a Washington State Employees Credit Union ATM on the same date, but police are still investigating those cases.

The News Tribune reported Wednesday about Goudy’s criminal background.

Goudy has prior convictions for drug possession, burglary, robbery, assault, kidnapping and malicious mischief in Thurston and Lewis counties. Some of those charges are connected to a robbery of a Blockbuster Video store in 1999.

In 2008, he hurt his back when he fell out a window while burglarizing a Thurston County home. A sheriff’s deputy arrived, and saw someone in a camouflage jacket in the distance. It was Goudy, apparently hiding by a stream. Goudy said it had been a marijuana deal that went bad.

He also was accused of a 2012 burglary in Centralia, the Chronicle reported.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office gave the newspaper this account: Goudy dropped belongings in a field when police arrived, and told police he was looking at a home that was for sale. He retrieved the items and took off in his BMW when police left. A real estate agent later found a throw blanket, pool cues and a vacuum missing from the home. Police found Goudy barricaded inside a Tumwater home. He said he wasn’t going back to prison, but ultimately gave himself up.

In 2017, he pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession. An officer found him with the substance in the parking lot of a warehouse used by the Attorney General’s Office.

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