Bellingham cop-car vandal held 8 arrest warrants before latest conflict with police

Sep 20, 2022, 4:50 PM | Updated: 6:05 pm

Bellingham Police Department (BPD) reported two officers escaped serious injury over the weekend when someone hurled a railroad tie, weighing approximately 25 pounds, at the windshield of their patrol car.

“Now, the crazy part of the story, Jason, is that he threw this railroad tie at a car and he didn’t actually know that he ended up hitting a law enforcement officer,” Washington State Senator Simon Sefzik said on the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “Meaning he was just intending to throw it at what could have been anybody. It could have been you. It could have been a teenage driver. It could have been an elderly parent and it ended up being a member of law enforcement with Bellingham PD this time.”

The suspect who allegedly threw the railroad tie had been contacted by Bellingham Police 26 times, according to BPD. He has been arrested 15 times now after the latest incident and had eight warrants out for his arrest. It is unclear if he is homeless.

BPD reported the officers had glass shards in their hair, mouth, skin, and uniforms.

“I think its also just a sign that they’re so frustrated,” said Sefzik. “I mean, they’re so frustrated with their own ability to keep us safe while being handicapped to where even their own law enforcement officers are being affected by this sort of nonsense.”

While violent crime rates in Bellingham hover around the national average, according to 2021 crime data, property crimes occur at nearly double the national rate.

In addition, theft in Bellingham occurs 36.76 times per 1,000 (the national rate is 13.9) and vehicular theft occurs 4.12 times per 1,000 (the national rate is 2.45).

“We still have not even heard from many of the Democrat senators and representatives that voted for these so-called reforms that have even acknowledged that it was a mistake,” Sefzik said. “If anything, they’re still trying to defend it and pretend this was the right course of action for the people of Washington state. So my fear is that they’re going to double down if we allow them to stay in the majority and continue on with the types of reforms that make us less safe.”

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Photo: Bow Lake Elementary...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: SeaTac teacher to host 5th graders on a protest march for social justice causes

A Bow Lake Elementary teacher is planning a March for Justice for 5th graders. It's unclear if there is parental consent.

1 day ago

Image: Semi Bird is running in 2024 to be Washington's governor....

Jason Rantz

Rantz Exclusive: Soldiers who researched Semi Bird detail what led to reprimand for ‘fraud,’ wearing awards and badges he did not earn

Three National Guard soldiers offer exclusive details behind what led to gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird earning a reprimand for "fraud."

2 days ago

Image: Students say district officials are nixing a 'Thor' mascot mural at Mountain View High Schoo...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: School district rejected ‘white supremacist’ Thor mural for not being inclusive enough

Students say district officials are nixing a 'Thor' mascot mural at Mountain View High School for not being gender and racially inclusive.

3 days ago

Seattle school shooting...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Progressive activism enabled Garfield HS murder

Another Seattle school shooting, this time near Garfield High School, highlights Democrat complicitly in the crisis.

5 days ago


MyNorthwest Video

Video: What is the City of Tacoma Actually Doing?

The city of Tacoma is doing something ghoulish. If you love animals, you must watch this. Listen to The Jason Rantz Show weekdays from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on AM 770 KTTH or on-demand wherever you listen to podcasts.

8 days ago

Photo: Victoria Beach....

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Police, mayor’s office trying to ‘silence’ black community activist as ‘retaliation’

Black community activist Victoria Beach says the Seattle Police Department, via the mayor's office, warned her to stop giving interviews.

9 days ago

Bellingham cop-car vandal held 8 arrest warrants before latest conflict with police