This man is accused of kidnapping his ex-wife and son, who escaped when he fell asleep

Balwinder Singh Nagra appears in Whatcom County Superior Court in Bellingham, on May 2, 2014.
Balwinder Singh Nagra appears in Whatcom County Superior Court in Bellingham, on May 2, 2014. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

A Whatcom County man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted, threatened to kill and held his ex-wife and son captive for nearly two days, eventually requiring a SWAT response.

Balwinder Singh Nagra, 45, was booked in jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree kidnapping (domestic violence), two counts of first-degree rape (domestic violence), one count of first-degree burglary (domestic violence), two counts of felony harassment (domestic violence), one count of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), one count of unlawful imprisonment (domestic violence) and one count of interfering with reporting domestic violence, according to a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Authorities said Nagra “unlawfully entered” his ex-wife’s home in the 4000 block of Stonecrest Court around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

Nagra took his teenage son against the boy’s will from the home and brought the boy back to his house in the 500 block of Kelly Road, according to the news release.

When Nagra’s ex-wife returned home from work, she frantically began searching for her missing son, according to the release. Later Thursday, Nagra returned to the woman’s home and assaulted his ex-wife. Nagra struck the woman several times, and threatened to kill her and their son, authorities said.

Nagra then forced his ex-wife and their son to return to his Kelly Road home, where he held them captive, the release indicated. Nagra threatened to kill them both and sexually assaulted the woman numerous times, authorities wrote in the release.

The woman and her son escaped Saturday morning after Nagra fell asleep. The pair were taken to safety and an investigation began.

Because of Nagra’s history of violence and access to firearms, SWAT and Crisis Negotiations teams were called in to help serve a search warrant on Nagra’s Kelly Road home, authorities said.

Nagra was taken into custody without incident Saturday at 2:45 p.m.

Nagra was convicted in 2016 for reckless endangerment for firing a gun at a Sikh festival near Lynden after he got into a fight with several men in 2014, according to court records.

He also has a lengthy history of criminal convictions for felony harassment with a previous conviction for making death threats, tampering with a witness, malicious mischief with damage of more than $5,000 and drug violations, records show.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt