Man throws unknown liquid in judge's face

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 5:56 PM

A Thurston County District Court judge went to the hospital after someone threw a liquid into his face Monday night.

Late Tuesday night, Olympia police released a sketch of the suspect.

Olympia Police say Judge Michael “Brett” Buckley was attacked by a man he didn’t recognize as he answered the door at his home around 9:25 p.m. The man threw a clear liquid into Buckley’s face and then walked away without saying anything.

The judge felt no reaction at first, but later went to the hospital with skin irritation. He was released Tuesday morning with what was described as minor injuries.

Samples of the liquid were taken to be analyzed to determine what it was.

Olympia Police have no suspects or a motive. Buckley told police he didn’t recognize the attacker and couldn’t think of a recent case he handled that might have provoked the attack.

Buckley, a former Thurston County Commissioner, has been on the bench since the mid 1990s. He handles cases involving combat veterans and mental health patients charged with crimes.

Buckley issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, thanking first responders who came to his aid, hospital staff and and people who have contacted the court and his family.

"I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family as we deal with this incident," he said. Pleae allow us some time to recover both pysically and mentally from the shock of this unexpected assault."

The suspect is described as being 6 feet tall, between 20 and 30 years old with a dark complexion, black hair and a medium build. He had a short beard and was wearing a maroon-colored knit cap, a dark sweater and lighter colored khaki pants. 
 
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Detective Chris Johnstone at (360) 709-2793.

KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen contributed to this report.

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