A Bellingham man has been arrested after attacking a woman with a taser and holding her captive, demanding that she give him money, police said Thursday.
Jacob Steven Dezarn, 37, is facing charges of first-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment after his arrest Wednesday. He remained in the Whatcom County Jail Thursday morning.
Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley said Dezarn held a 41-year-old woman in a room in the 1800 block of Alabama Street, claiming she owed him $40 of an original $100 debt.
“Suspect would not let victim leave room by blocking door as he was intimidating her with a taser to try to get the rest of his money back,” Beckley said, adding the woman had red welts “consistent with a taser” on her left shoulder and ribcage.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Bellingham Herald
She didn’t require medical attention, Beckley said.
According to court records, Dezarn has served prison time for burglary and drug-related offenses.
Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty