BELLINGHAM - A Kendall man has admitted to assaulting grocery store employees over a stolen bottle of liquor on two occasions and, while he awaited trial, attacking jail guards on two other occasions.
Ryan Miguel Thompson, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday morning, June 13, to four felony assault charges. He must serve five years in prison, according to a plea deal approved by Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder.
In the first shoplift-turned-robbery, Thompson walked out of the Haggen store on Woburn Street without paying for sandwiches and a bottle of Scotch whisky on June 28, 2012. Employees told him to come back inside. Thompson responded by punching an employee in the face, according to charging documents. Police arrested him soon afterward.
Thompson posted $5,000 bond later in the summer.
On an afternoon in late February 2013, he left the Fairhaven Haggen with a stolen $13 bottle of Black Velvet Canadian whisky in his pants. Store security demanded he pay for it. This time, Thompson pulled out a folding pocket knife. An employee wrestled the knife from his hand. The victim tossed the weapon away while his coworkers ran out to help.
Thompson never managed to post $100,000 bail. Several weeks after being booked, a corrections deputy was preparing a medical compress for him. The compress ruptured, so the guard tried to find a new one. Thompson, meanwhile, yelled and banged on his cell door. He tried to grab the deputy by reaching through a hatch. Thompson threw a deck of cards at the guard, then spat on his leg twice.
Later in April, as jail employees checked his blood sugar, Thompson snatched several sack lunches from a cart of food for inmates with diabetes. A guard told him to put the lunches down. Thompson refused, so the bags were "taken from his grip," according to court records. Thompson assumed a fighting stance and punched at the deputy, missing once but hitting him below his right eye as the guard wrestled him to the ground.
Thompson admitted guilt Thursday to two counts of custodial assault and two counts of third-degree assault. He declined to make a statement in court. Records show he has a felony history of violating no-contact orders, eluding police and drug crimes.