Crime

Police: Bellingham man beats woman months after attacking man with pipe

A man accused of attacking another man with a 31-inch metal pipe in November was caught beating the mother of his two children Saturday, Feb. 7, according to Bellingham police.

Police found Eric Avran Flores, 28, beating the woman with his fists in the bathroom of their shared apartment around 1:30 p.m Saturday, said Bellingham Detective Sgt. Mike Scanlon. Flores was arrested for second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.

The dispute occurred on the 300 block of Meadowbrook Court, Scanlon said.

The victim was sent to St. Joseph hospital with possible facial fractures. Scanlon did not release the woman’s name. Her two children were staying with family while she was in the hospital, Scanlon said.

Flores already had a warrant out for first-degree assault after a fight in November involving a knife and metal pipe sent him and another man to the hospital.

Around 2:30 a.m. Nov. 21, Richard Warner was walking through his apartment building parking lot at 4020 Northwest Ave. when he saw Flores holding a 31-inch metal pipe, according to charging papers filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Warner said Flores charged him with the metal pipe and used it to hit him over the head twice before Warner could put his arms up to protect himself. Warner then grabbed a 3-inch pocket knife and had it open when Flores charged again, according to charging papers.

The two then wrestled for the pipe while Warner repeatedly stabbed Flores, charging papers said. Warner told police Flores hit him with the pipe seven or eight times.

A newspaper delivery man arrived and called police, charging papers said. Flores ran away from the scene.

Both Flores and Warner were eventually transported to Harborview Medical Center. Flores was released Dec. 1, and police were not able to locate him until the attack on the woman Saturday.

Warner told police a man named Eric had been calling him at his work prior to the November incident to challenge Warner to a fight. Warner used to work with the mother of Flores’ children at Bellingham Cold Storage, charging documents said. Warner told police that Flores believed the two were having an affair.

Flores remained in Whatcom County Jail on Monday in lieu of $102,000 bail.

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