King County prosecutors contend Tristan P. Olson tried to feather his father after the older man refused to let him drive the family car. Olson, 18, was previously convicted of stealing a rifle and body armor out of a federal agent's car.
Deputies were called to the Second Avenue Northwest home just before 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 after Olson's father reported his son had threatened to kill him.
According to charging papers, the man said trouble began when he tried to wake his son that morning. Olson refused to rise until 1:30 p.m.; when he finally did, he demanded his father's car keys.
Olson's father refused to hand them over because Olson had slept away the day instead of doing his homework. That refusal prompted Olson to pick up and load a crossbow, a King County Sheriff's Office detective said in charging papers.
"Don't make me do something I am going to regret," Olson told his father, according to charging papers.
Holding the loaded crossbow, Olson demanded the car keys, his father told police. The older man turned to walk out of the house when he heard the crossbow fire; the bolt slammed into a wall near his head.
Olson then tackled his father, punching and kicking him while trying to steal his car keys, the detective said in court papers. According to charging documents, Olson then spit and blew his nose on his father before leaving as police arrived.
"He is a very angry young man (who) refuses to go to counseling and has attacked his father on at least three other unreported occasions," the detective said, recounting an interview with Olson's father.
Speaking with police following his arrest, Olson purportedly claimed he was only trying to scare his father for "pushing his buttons."
Senior Deputy Prosecutor David Ryan described Olson as a threat to the community who believes he faces no consequences for his actions.
Olson has been charged with second-degree assault. Initially jailed on $100,000 bail, he was released on Monday after posting bond.