Sheriff: Man arrested after pulling knife outside Deming home

A man has been arrested after he allegedly swung a knife at someone who noticed him lurking outside a home near Deming.

Anthony Lee Chastain, 41, was walking around a house on Sewalmus Road around 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, when the homeowner came out and confronted him, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

A neighbor had notified the homeowner that Chastain was outside the house. When Chastain found that out, he went at the neighbor with a large, fixed-blade knife and swung it at him, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

The neighbor grabbed a baseball bat from his home. Parks said Chastain again swung a knife at the neighbor when he returned, so the neighbor swung the bat and connected with Chastain’s arm, knocking the knife from his hand.

Nooksack tribal police officers arrived and detained Chastain before sheriff’s deputies took over. The knife was recovered.

Parks said “there’s not a clear indication” of why Chastain was lurking in the neighborhood. He was unsure whether Chastain knew either neighbor prior to the confrontation.

Chastain was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. The man who hit Chastain with the baseball bat appeared to be acting out of self defense on his own property, Parks said.

The neighbor had no injuries. Chastain had a swollen arm and was taken to St. Joseph hospital for treatment before he was booked into jail.

Chastain remained in Whatcom County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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