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By Bill Stevenson
Gazette Editor 

Pullman man charged with rape and assault

Bear spray used to end fight with defendant


March 11, 2021

COLFAX – A Pullman man is accused of raping his girlfriend, slapping her twice, and fighting with her neighbor until he was covered in bear spray.

James S. Olson, 28, of Pullman, is charged with rape in the second degree – domestic violence and assault in the fourth degree – domestic violence in Whitman County Superior Court.

Pullman police claim Olson raped his girlfriend and slapped her twice during the assault at her apartment on Feb. 27.

After the attack, the victim left her apartment and sought help from her neighbors and friends. A woman and a 44-year-old man went to the victi...

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