Bellingham police make more riot-related arrests

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 24, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Bellingham police have arrested a fifth person in connection with an Oct. 12 riot that caused thousands of dollars in damage to public and private property near Laurel Park.

Police booked Sharod Niles McClay, 18, into Whatcom County Jail on Wednesday, Oct. 23, for investigation of rioting, reckless endangerment, first-degree malicious mischief, failure to disperse, and resisting arrest, said Sgt. Jason Monson.

McClay was the second arrest made since the night of the riot. His brother, Korey S. McClay was arrested at the riot along with two others. Officers also cited Mark Peter Moser, 18, in connection with the riot, according to police logs.

During the disturbance north of Western Washington University, hundreds of drunk college students gathered in the streets after police broke up a block party. After officers asked the crowd to clear out of the area near Laurel Park, some threw beer bottles, lawn chairs, dishes and pieces of cinder blocks at officers and patrol cruisers.

Sharod McClay was identified the day after the melee, but police were unable to find him at his Bellingham residence, Monson said. When police checked the address again on Wednesday, McClay was there, but ran when police tried to arrest him, Monson said.

On Oct. 17, police released photos of 11 participants in the riot and asked the public for help identifying them. McClay was not one of those 11, Monson said.

Police have since identified most of those pictured, but could still use the public's help, Monson said. Police ask anyone who can identify those in the photos, or who have more information about the riot, to call Detective Gina Crosswhite at 360-778-8835.

To see the photos online, go to cob.org or go to bellinghamherald.com/multimedia and scroll down to "Suspects in WWU riot."

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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