A group of seven people charged three teenagers with baseball bats, smashed their car window and stole their backpacks Monday, Feb. 23, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.
Four adults and three 16-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of robbery in the first degree and theft, malicious mischief and vehicle prowling in the second degree.
The four arrested adults were: Ricardo Munoz Alcala, 18, Thomas Lievanos, 20, Chayanne Infante, 19, and Jeremy Bolden, 18. The Bellingham Herald does not name minors charged with crimes that don’t result in death.
The robbery occurred around 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Two male teenagers, ages 17 and 18, and one 16-year-old girl told deputies that a group of young men charged them with baseball bats in a park near Rocky Ridge Drive. The teenagers told deputies that one of the robbers had a handgun.
The 16-year-old hid inside a car as her two companions ran to the woods, Sheriff Bill Elfo said. The group of robbers surrounded the car. One of them said, “We’re robbing you.”
One robber smashed a car window with a baseball bat, showering the 16-year-old with glass as she tried to unlock the door from the inside. The robbers took three backpacks, a purse and some schoolbooks from the car that belonged to the teenagers, Elfo said.
Sheriff’s deputies suspected the group went to a home on Rocky Ridge Drive where Jeremy Bolden lives. When they arrived, Alcala ran away and was tracked down by police dogs, Elfo said.
Deputies searched the home and recovered the teenagers’ backpacks and books. Deputies also found methamphetamine in the home that apparently did not belong to the victims. There is no indication the teenagers knew the group of robbers prior to the incident, Elfo said.
Two of the suspects, Bolden and a 16-year-old, were from the Sudden Valley area. The other five were from Bellingham or Ferndale.
“We’re certainly glad we were able to track them down and put them into custody,” Elfo said.
Sheriff’s deputies were still investigating the case Tuesday.