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Police: Men rob Bellingham man of 12 beers at gunpoint

Two men robbed a Bellingham man at gunpoint over two six packs of beer Saturday afternoon, Jan. 30, according to police.

The man was walking home with a dozen beers he had bought around 4:30 p.m. at the Whatcom Falls Mini Mart, 1480 Electric Ave., said Bellingham Police Sgt. Mike Scanlon.

Hardly a block from the store, a pickup truck pulled over at York Street, and a passenger got out holding what appeared to be a black semiautomatic handgun.

“Give me your (expletive) beer,” he said, according to police.

So the man gave up the beer. He got a good look at the license plate of the truck, an 2005 Chevy Colorado, and passed along the plate number to dispatchers.

A Bellingham police officer happened to be in the area, saw the truck, and pulled it over at Britton Road and Northshore Drive, Scanlon said.

Officers arrested the driver, David Alexander Figueroa, 23, and the alleged gunman, David Anthony Hogan, 24, within a half hour of the 911 call.

Six cans of Miller High Life and six bottles of Deschutes beer were discovered in the truck — a match for the stolen beers. Hogan and Figueroa spoke with officers but “didn’t really have an explanation” for what happened, Scanlon said.

Both men face charges of robbery in the first degree. Jail records list an additional charge of driving with a license suspended in the third degree for Figueroa, and a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm for Hogan.

Figueroa posted $5,000 bond Sunday afternoon. Hogan remained in jail Monday in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Court records suggest neither man has a felony record in Washington state.

A gun hasn’t been recovered, but police suspect it could be in the truck, which remains in police custody, Scanlon said. A search warrant for the truck is scheduled to be carried out Tuesday.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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