Crime

Police searching for robber who pulled knife in Sehome Village parking lot

A man cut another man with a small knife and stole his money near the Haggen store in Sehome Village on Thursday night, Sept. 24, according to police.

The two men engaged in a struggle over money in the victim’s car, which was parked in a lot at 200 36th St. around 7:30 p.m. The suspect took out a knife, described as a small pocketknife, and cut the victim’s hands before taking off with the money, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Claudia Murphy.

The victim, 23, did not have any serious injuries. He told police that the suspect — described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall with dark brown hair — drove off in a red Ford car, possibly a Ford Aspire, Murphy said. Other witnesses said they saw the suspect run away.

The suspect’s car had a damaged passenger side and a Washington license plate 164 XIT, according to an alert sent out by Western Washington University. Police searched the area for the car and the person but were unable to find him.

Murphy said the robbery was not random. There was some indication the victim may have known the suspect briefly before the incident.

“They weren’t friends, but it wasn’t a complete stranger,” she said.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or who witnessed the robbery is asked to contact the Bellingham Police Department tip line at 360-778-8611, or online at https://www.cob.org/contact/police-tips.aspx.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.

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