By Caleb Hutton
Charging documents paint a clearer picture of the lead-up to an alleged assault on a pregnant woman who was smoking a cigarette in downtown Bellingham.
For background, here’s the story we ran on the assault.
I transcribed the charging documents, keeping punctuation and phrasing exactly the same but with the victim’s name blacked out.
“Reports received form law enforcement indicate that on September 12, 2012, (the woman), who is 8 mos pregnant, was walking on Holly Street smoking a cigarette. Justin Palmer pulled off to the side of the road in his blue Dodge Pickup truck next to (the woman). With his passenger window down, he yelled to her “who smokes when you are pregnant.” She replied, “obviously I do.” Mr. Palmer then yelled out the window at her saying she was a dirty white trash whore. (The woman) did not reply and continued to walk down Holly Street. Mr. Palmer yelled at her again, telling her that she better put the smoke out now. At the same time, he reached into the center console of his truck and pulled out a black handgun. Mr. Palmer pointed the gun directly at (the woman) who was approximately 10 feet away from his passenger window. When the light turned green he stepped on the gas and accelerated through the intersection on Holly Street. As Mr. Palmer was so irate (the woman) was fearful that he was going to shoot her or he was going to come back and harm her. She called 911 and gave a description of the truck and the driver.
“Officer’s spotted the vehicle and stopped the truck and contacted the driver. (The woman) was transported to the location and she identified Mr. Palmer as the driver as the man who had pointed the gun at her. Officer’s obtained consent to search the vehicle and found two black glock handguns in the center console of the truck. Mr. Palmer admitted to the confrontation.”
The story was picked up all around the globe. The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, found alleged Facebook photos of Palmer, who lives in Sudden Valley. I haven’t been able to confirm if those photos are legit.
Palmer was charged Monday, Sept. 17, with second-degree assault while armed with a firearm.