Police: Ferndale residents awakened by neighbor wielding wheelbarrow handle


FERNDALE - Two residents of a Ferndale trailer park took a neighborhood dispute too far when they broke into their sleeping neighbors' home armed with a wheelbarrow handle, according to police.

The victims - a 32-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman - were sleeping at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, when Christopher Anthony Allen and Andrew Christopher Bash broke into their trailer, said Ferndale Police Lt. Bill Hatchett. Allen and Bash also live in the trailer park in the 6200 block of Portal Way.

They roused the sleepers and accused them of causing "a lot of problems" in the trailer park, Hatchett said. (Those "problems" weren't noted in the police report.)

During the confrontation, Bash, 48, pulled the woman by her hair; Allen, 39, wielded a wheelbarrow handle but didn't hit anyone with it, Hatchett said.

Eventually the angry neighbors left, giving the residents a chance to call 911. Police arrested Allen, who stayed in the area, minutes later. On Tuesday evening, Bash turned himself in at the Whatcom County Jail. Both men are accused of burglary.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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