Bellingham man suspected of robbery arrested in Slater Road search

Posted by SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL on April 12, 2014 

A Bellingham man suspected of robbing a man at an ATM then hitting him with his car Monday night was arrested after leading police on a large search near Slater Road Friday night, April 11, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

On the evening of April 7, Joshua Lowell Lewis, 32, allegedly scuffled with a man who had just taken out cash from the Starvin' Sam's ATM at 7519 Kendall Road, and took his money, Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Mead said in a recorded media message.

While leaving the scene, Lewis hit one or more victims with his car, Mead said. The victim(s) were not substantially injured, but needed to be evaluated by medical staff.

Deputies were not able to locate Lewis at the time.

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, a deputy recognized the suspect's car headed westbound on Slater Road and tried to pull him over for a traffic stop near Imhoff Road.

Lewis jumped from the vehicle while it was still moving and ran from police, Mead said.

Police set up a perimeter and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter and police dog Jag from the Sheriff's Office helped locate Lewis shortly after.

Lewis was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and a Department of Corrections warrant.

In 2006, Lewis pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and hit-and-run of an attended vehicle after leading a Belilngham police officer on a chase through the Birchwood neighborhood, according to court documents. His criminal history also includes felony convictions for harassment, second-degree malicious mischief, forgery and second-degree possession of stolen property, according to court documents.

Below is a map of where the search took place Friday night.


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Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at Samantha.Wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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