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Mobile home resident implicated in Bellingham hostage situation

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

A Bellingham man was arrested late Friday in connection with an incident Thursday where a man was taken hostage briefly in a Puget neighborhood home, prompting police to send their BearCat armored truck and storm inside the house.

Steven Shane Wilson, 63, remained in custody Monday morning at Whatcom County Jail on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

The charges stem from an apparent drug-related incident about 8:20 a.m. Thursday at Lakeway Mobile Estates in the 1200 block of Lincoln Street, police said.

Bellingham Police Lt. Mike Johnston said the department’s Neighborhood Anti-Crime Team and Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wilson on Friday at a house in the 900 block of West Axton Road.

Johnston said Wilson wasn’t in the mobile home where he lives when police stormed inside about 9 a.m. Thursday. Both victim and assailant apparently fled when police were called, Johnston said.

“We showed up at an empty house,” he said.

In the Thursday incident, a man who later identified himself as Chris Burns called 911, saying he had been struck in the face with a cane and held at gunpoint in a mobile home at the corner of Ninth Street and Rutgers Boulevard inside the mobile home park.

“We were just there getting some of our stuff. He literally took us at gunpoint,” Burns told The Bellingham Herald on Thursday at the downtown Whatcom Transportation Authority bus station, where he said he was dropped off by friends after he fled the mobile home.

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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

Before Burns could elaborate, two police officers arrived to question him. Burns’ face showed a cut and mild bruising Thursday when he talked to a Herald reporter.

Johnston said Burns, 24, identified Wilson as the attacker.

Johnston said details of the incident remained confusing and investigators were trying to sort out conflicting information. Both Wilson and Burns said a third man was present during the incident, Johnston said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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