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Tased, jailed and now he’s being sued. More woes for WTA bus blocker

He wouldn't get out of the way of the bus. Watch how police responded

Bellingham Police subdue Manuel Guillen at the downtown Bellingham bus station Sunday night, Feb. 4, 2018, after he refused to get out of the way of a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus.
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Bellingham Police subdue Manuel Guillen at the downtown Bellingham bus station Sunday night, Feb. 4, 2018, after he refused to get out of the way of a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus.

A 48-year-old Ferndale businessman who was arrested Sunday after he allegedly refused to move out of the way of a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus and fought with police is now also facing a civil lawsuit.

Manuel Guillen remains in the Whatcom County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. He was arrested Sunday on suspicion of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct. Guillen’s arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 16.

A Ferndale couple, Stefanie and Rigel Weis, filed a civil lawsuit Monday in Whatcom County Superior Court against Guillen. The Weises allege that Guillen, who owns Sampson’s Fencing and Repair in Ferndale, agreed to build their fence for $4,900, according to court records.

The Weises said they paid Guillen a $2,450 deposit and Guillen cashed the check but never showed up to build the fence, and didn’t return attempts by the Weises to contact him, according to the lawsuit.

The Weises are asking for their money back, plus an additional $290 to cover court and filing fees.

The arrest

On Sunday, Bellingham Police officers were called to the downtown bus station shortly after midnight when Guillen allegedly refused to move out of the way of a bus, and at one point, sat on the bumper.

A footage from WTA’s surveillance cameras show Guillen running from police. A fight later ensued between him and the officers, and police tased Guillen three times.

Officers said they believed Guillen was under the influence of “something,” because he had been acting oddly before he got in front of the bus.

Police Lt. Danette Beckley said Guillen suffered a bloody cheek, likely from the fall while fighting with officers – an officer suffered a sore arm and hip and another officer suffered scratches and soreness.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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