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Man arrested in ax attack on Bellingham residents

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Bellingham Police talk to a suspect, later identified as Patrick Marion Brown, in an ax attack reported in the 1000 block of N. Forest Street on Tuesday, Feb, 16, 2016 in Bellingham Wash. The victim was taken to St. Joseph hospital.
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Bellingham Police talk to a suspect, later identified as Patrick Marion Brown, in an ax attack reported in the 1000 block of N. Forest Street on Tuesday, Feb, 16, 2016 in Bellingham Wash. The victim was taken to St. Joseph hospital.

An ax-wielding man in a black paintball mask attacked a man and a woman at an apartment Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16, on North Forest Street, police said.

Sometime in the day before the attack, someone smashed two windows and the windshield on a green ’92 Honda Accord that had been parked off North Forest, according to police.

The Honda belonged to a girlfriend of Patrick Marion Brown, 24, of the Acme area. Brown believed — for reasons that haven’t been made clear — that he knew who damaged the car, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

Around 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Brown showed up in a mask at the apartment, 1118 N. Forest, armed with a single-bit ax with a yellow fiberglass handle, Vander Yacht said.

Brown hacked at the door and smashed a window of the apartment as he tried to get inside to the residents: a man, 32, and a woman, 29, according to police.

A 911 caller told police the resident had been hit in the head with the ax. The man fought back, and eventually Brown ran from the scene, Vander Yacht said. Police detained him about a block uphill, in the 1100 block of North Garden Street.

The man in the apartment had a bloody head injury that appeared to be from a blunt instrument. Officers suspect he may have been hit with the back side of the ax, the handle or something else. He walked to an ambulance under his own power, still bleeding from the scalp. He had suffered cuts to his hands, too, likely from the shattered window glass, police said.

Up the hill Brown’s hands were covered in blood and dirt, and he sat cross-legged on the grass beside a black Brass Eagle paintball mask and a black Jansport backpack. He seemed calm as police spoke with him.

By 3 p.m. Brown had been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of assault in the first degree and one count of burglary in the first degree.

Court records show Brown had posted $10,000 bond in August in a domestic violence case where he’s accused of unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief for an alleged attack on a girlfriend, 22. He’s awaiting trial in that case, with a court hearing scheduled for next week.

Brown has felonies on his record in Washington state for theft, assault and burglary.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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