BELLINGHAM - An armed intruder remained at large Tuesday, April 16, after breaking into a Bellingham home, tying up a resident and fleeing with a stolen pistol.
A 21-year-old man was napping Friday afternoon upstairs at a house in the 3100 block of Tanglewood Lane when he heard glass shattering, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Jason Monson.
As he went downstairs to investigate, he came upon a skinny, 6-foot-tall stranger brandishing a hunting knife with a fixed blade. The intruder ordered the resident into a closet near the front door and tied him up. Monson declined to say what material was used to bind him.
The suspect rummaged through the home, Monson said. A few minutes later, the sound of footsteps stopped. The victim untied himself, ran outside and called police at 2:36 p.m. Police dogs couldn't find the suspect.
Only one thing was missing from the home: a .32-caliber revolver. It's not clear if the suspect knew the gun was there before breaking in.
"It seems to be random, at this point," Monson said.
Officers believe the robber smashed a window pane in the back door to unlock it, then fled through the same door. He had a gray hoodie, an inch or two of strawberry blond hair and a light, scruffy beard. A sketch of him has not been released.
Anyone with tips should call Detective Dan Kelsh at 360-778-8690. After hours, call 911.