The cashier believed the woman had a gun. Police found she was only armed with spit


A Bellingham woman believed to be a transient was arrested Friday morning after she allegedly implied she had a gun while taking $783 worth of merchandise from the Bellingham Kmart, according to a Bellingham Police news release.

Police Lt. Danette Beckley said Lanisha A Eskridge, 26, and a male friend selected the merchandise from the Sunset Square location, and asked to put it on layaway, before deciding they wanted to split the bill between the two of them.

While at the cashier, Eskridge said she was going to take the merchandise, Beckley said, and “patted the side of her coat as she made a vague statement similar to ‘this could go bad for you.’”

Though no weapon was shown, the cashier believed Eskridge was implying she had one, Beckley said.

Eskridge left with the merchandise, and police received the report at 10:25 a.m. Officers detained the pair at 10:38 a.m. behind the store and recovered the merchandise. A gun was not found.

Beckley said Eskridge spat on one of the officers while being taken to the patrol car, before she was booked into the county jail on suspicion of second-degree theft, second-degree robbery and third-degree assault.