Wanted man leads to hours-long stand-off in Bellingham


BELLINGHAM - A police SWAT team surrounded a Franklin Street house for hours until a man wanted for assault was arrested and his children were safe.

Skagit County Sheriff's Office called police for help in finding 30-year-old William T. Young, who had fled with his two children after allegedly hitting their mother with his car about 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, near Sedro-Woolley, police said.

Young has a history of unstable behavior and fighting with officers, police said. He also talked about putting up a fight and refusing to surrender to officers.

Police found Young's car near the mother's home on Franklin Street. They waited with hostage negotiators outside the house until around 12 a.m., when Young surrendered. His children, a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old, weren't hurt.

Young had several warrants for his arrest, including a felony warrant for second-degree assault, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Reach Elana Pidgeon at 360-715-2249 or elana.pidgeon@bellinghamherald.com.

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