He’s accused of punching a man and threatening to kill him. Then, he tried to bribe him


A second man has been arrested in connection with a Feb. 10 assault on Cedarville Road in Nugents Corner that included gunfire.

Bellingham resident Tyre James Tucker, 19, was booked into Whatcom County Jail Sunday morning on suspicion of felony harassment, bribing a witness, resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault.

Tucker allegedly was involved in an incident about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the 3500 block of Cedarville Road, in which a 31-year-old man was beaten. He suffered head and facial injuries and swelling, Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks said.

Another man, 19-year-old Jesse Ray Wardle, already has been arrested in connection with the incident, which authorities said began when the 31-year-old man dropped Wardle’s sister off at the Cedarville Road home after a date.

Wardle came out of the house and allegedly fired about three .40 caliber rounds from his handgun in the direction of the man.

Other family members at the scene said they were warning shots, according to Parks.

Wardle and his friend Tucker then repeatedly punched the man on the left side of his head and threatened to kill him, Parks said, after the man stopped his 1994 Ford Explorer at the end of the driveway while leaving the home.

The man drove off and Wardle chased him in his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe west on Mount Baker Highway, then west on East Smith Road to the corner of Noon Road, where he rammed the rear of the Explorer at 35 to 40 mph, Parks said.

Wardle was arrested the night of Feb. 10.

Tucker was arrested at the Cedarville Road home on Sunday, when deputies went there at 9:11 a.m. He allegedly ran out the back but was caught after a short foot chase, Parks said.

After Tucker was in custody, he tried to escape and run off again, Parks added.

Parks said the bribery allegation was based on Tucker contacting the 31-year-old man, pressuring him to drop the charges and offering to fix his damaged Explorer.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea