2 suspects in custody after 5 tied up in Bellingham home invasion

2 suspects in custody after 5 tied up in Bellingham home invasion

2 suspects in custody after 5 tied up in Bellingham home invasion

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 12:32 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Police have arrested two suspects in a Bellingham home invasion in which five occupants were found bound with tape.

Bellingham police said a 21-year-old man called 911 just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to say several suspects had broken into his house on St. Clair Street and were robbing his five roommates.

Dispatchers instructed the caller to crawl out of a bedroom window.

Meanwhile, police officers arrived at the house a few minutes later. They observed two suspects wearing masks ransacking drawers in various rooms. One of the suspects had a rifle.

Officers arrested the suspects when the suspects tried to leave the house with the stolen goods. The first suspect gave a short chase and struggle, but was taken into custody. The second suspect ran back inside the house and refused to leave. An officer broke out a garage window and held the suspect at gunpoint, then ordered the suspect out. The suspect complied and was taken into custody without incident.

Inside the house, police found five people bound by tape in various bedrooms. Three of the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital.

The two suspects, a 20-year-old Bellingham man and a 35-year-old Blaine man, were booked into the Whatcom County Jail. They were scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

 

KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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