Man arrested after allegedly robbing woman with knife at Hannegan gas station

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 4, 2013 

A man with a knife allegedly robbed a woman of cash and her cellphone at a gas station north of Bellingham late Tuesday night, July 2, before being tracked down by authorities early Wednesday, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

A Bellingham woman called 911 shortly after midnight Wednesday to report that she had been robbed about 15 minutes earlier at a gas station on Hannegan and Pole roads.

The gas station was closed but she was able to pay at the pump with her credit card. She had just finished filling up when a man grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground, according to the sheriff's office. The man had a knife and demanded cash and her cellphone. She complied, and he told her to get in her car and leave. She drove south until she found an open business and called police from there.

Sheriff's deputies, Washington State Patrol troopers, Border Patrol agents and a Bellingham Police K-9 unit responded to track the man down. The track led to a residence in the 6400 block of Hannegan Road, where Alexander Curtis Arnold was arrested in connection with the robbery. The woman's cellphone and some of her cash were recovered from the residence, according to the sheriff's office.

Arnold, 22, was booked into Whatcom County Jail early Wednesday morning for investigation of first-degree robbery.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com or call 756-2803.

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