Enraged Pike Place motorist pleads not guilty to assault with a motor vehicle charges
In April, two men were arrested at the Pike Place Market after an altercation involving a hammer used as a weapon and a deliberate motor vehicle assault of a pedestrian. Thursday, one of those men pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in King County Superior Court.
Timothy “Temple” Stephenson’s charges stem from using a hammer to smash the back window of a car following a verbal altercation with another motorist. The prosecution’s office notes that, immediately following, the defendant returned to his car and accelerated into the motorist, allegedly deliberately swerving to strike, “taking out a café seating area in the process … with [the opposing motorist on the hood],” the charging documents read.
Stephenson then allegedly struck a pedestrian, “sending her flying onto the pavement.” The prosecutor notes that other pedestrians were milling about at the time, and the defendant only stopped upon crashing their vehicle.
The defendant has a criminal history in four states, including Washington, with scores of felonies in Colorado ranging from criminal impersonation to intimidation-stalking.