Four people, two cars, one gun. What happens next?


A man and woman were arrested Tuesday after they threatened a couple at gunpoint and stole their vehicle, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Joe Louise Pierre Crowder III, 35, of Bellingham was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, motor vehicle theft, a felony drug violation and on a warrant. He was also charged with possession of drugs by a prisoner.

April Marie Brondum, 29, of Shoreline, was booked on suspicion of first-degree robbery and motor vehicle theft.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery early Tuesday on the intersection of Kwina and Hillaire roads. There, a man told deputies he and a female companion were sitting at the intersection in a Toyota RAV4 when the suspects, later identified as Crowder and Brondum, approached the vehicle, according to WCSO Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick.

Crowder pointed a handgun at the woman in the vehicle and then pulled her from the vehicle, Chadwick said. Crowder ordered the man to get out of the car, and then “pistol whipped” him, Chadwick said.

Crowder then drove off in the vehicle, but came back, drove over to the woman and ordered her at gunpoint to get into the RAV4. Crowder then drove throughout Whatcom County, while Brondum followed in the vehicle she and Crowder arrived in, Chadwick said.

Crowder eventually left the woman and the RAV4 near Northwest Drive and Aldrich Road.

The man suffered a laceration to his ear from being struck with the gun. The woman was uninjured, Chadwick said.

It remains unclear Wednesday whether Crowder and Brondum knew the pair in the RAV4.

Their motive also is unknown.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt