By Caleb Hutton
A boy and a man, both teens, were arrested near the downtown Bellingham bus station Friday afternoon, May 11, after both were accused of pulling out knives as they got ready to fight.
#policescanner: Bham Police looking for suspect involved in knife fight near Public Market on Cornwall. 5’10″ 19yo man wearing blue bandana.
— Bellingham Herald (@BhamHerald) May 11, 2012
Turns out there were two suspects, who were “posturing” to fight, then backed off, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Dennis James. Witnesses saw both pull out knives as they approached each other to fight.
They were arrested a couple minutes later down the street. Both were accused of disorderly conduct. I don’t have names at this point, but the man might show up in the jail bookings soon.
About an hour later, someone called 911 saying 15 to 20 teens were fighting at the corner of Railroad Avenue and East Champion Street.
The crowd had dispersed by the time the cops showed up, James said (and there were cops right there, so that must have been pretty quick). Nobody in the area showed obvious signs of being assaulted.
James said the second fight might have involved friends of the two arrestees, but he wasn’t sure. He noted it didn’t seem like either potential fight was gang-related.
I went down there when it came over the scanner. Saw a lot of cops searching for signs of a recent fight, but nothing else out of the ordinary.