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2 men went into Bellingham trailer. 1 was assaulted. What happened to the other man?

Bellingham Police responded to an initial report of a hostage situation inside a mobile home in the 1200 block of Lincoln Street.
Bellingham Police responded to an initial report of a hostage situation inside a mobile home in the 1200 block of Lincoln Street. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Police are searching for two men who allegedly assaulted one man and briefly took another hostage at a Puget neighborhood mobile home on Thursday.

Why they did it remains unclear.

Bellingham Police deployed the department’s BearCat armored truck about 8:20 a.m. Thursday to Lakeway Mobile Estates in the 1200 block of Lincoln Street after receiving a call about a possible hostage situation.

The caller said he had been in the trailer with a friend and two other men, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun. He was assaulted and forced out of the trailer but his friend was kept inside.

The caller told police he then left in his vehicle, but not before seeing the two suspects leaving in a truck, according to Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley.

As officers were preparing a response plan, a man who claimed to be the hostage – he identified himself as Chris Burns – called 911 from the downtown Whatcom Transportation Authority bus station.

Burns, 24, said the suspects let him out of the truck, according to Beckley.

“We were just there getting some of our stuff,” Burns told The Bellingham Herald. “He literally took us at gunpoint.”

Before Burns could elaborate, two police officers arrived to question him.

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Bellingham Police officers talk to Chris Burns (right), who claimed to have been taken hostage by a man inside a mobile home Thursday. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

Officers converged on Lakeway Mobile Estates and surrounded a unit at the corner of Ninth Street and Rutgers Boulevard to make sure no one was hurt or left there.

They carried long guns and flanked the one-story gray and white mobile home. Officers stormed inside under emergency provisions that allow a warrantless search when exigent circumstances exist, said Lt. Mike Johnston.

“We entered and cleared the (building). There was no one there,” Johnston said.

According to emergency radio transmissions, the incident began with a 911 call about a fight inside the mobile home. Someone was punched and hit with a cane, by a man with a handgun who took a hostage into a room at the rear of the home, according to the caller who told a dispatcher that his name was “Chris.”

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Bellingham Police responded to a report of a hostage situation inside a mobile home in the 1200 block of Lincoln Street. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

All four men involved in the incident were from Whatcom County. The suspects were ages 26 and 63 years old, while the other alleged victim was 20.

Police know the identities of the suspects. They didn’t release the names of the other three men.

No arrests have been made.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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