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Bellingham man charged with pistol-whipping, robbing ex-girlfriend

A Bellingham man has been arrested on felony charges of pistol-whipping and robbing his ex-girlfriend last month, according to police.

The woman, 30, had been with another man on the night of April 12, when her ex-boyfriend Deven Joseph Jeffery, 23, confronted her about a bike behind Bellingham High School, police said.

He’d told her to hang onto a BMX bike while he was in jail. That night she refused to return it until he paid back money he owed her, said Bellingham Police Lt. Mike Johnston.

Jeffery told her something to the effect of: “You will give me my bike or I will kill you,” she reported.

He pointed a gun at her, robbed her of a backpack full of her things, and struck her with the butt of the gun, according to her report. Then he fled, Johnston said.

Police spoke with her at a home down the street. She had severe injuries to her face. Police photos show her right eye swollen shut, Johnston said, and she needed treatment at St. Joseph hospital.

Ferndale police caught up with Jeffery on Saturday, May 7. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

Court records show a total of five felony cases pending against him. Three cases were entered into the Superior Court record for the first time on Monday. Formal charges have been filed in the other two.

Jeffery was charged with using a shaved key to steal a Honda Civic on the morning of Dec. 11, while the car’s owner ate lunch at a McDonald’s on King Street. Police were led on a car chase that ended when the Honda high-centered on a boulder at the beginning of a neighborhood trail, according to charging papers.

He posted $25,000 bond set by Superior Court Commissioner Martha Gross in January.

A few minutes after midnight on March 21, officers found Jeffery sitting at a McDonald’s drive-thru in a maroon Buick. Police logs state he borrowed the car but didn’t return it on time.

So the Buick was listed as stolen.

An officer found a .45-caliber Bond Arms Derringer pistol in Jeffery’s pants pocket, and about 11 grams of meth in his jacket pocket, according to the charges. Over the past eight years, Jeffery has been convicted four times of stealing cars or possessing stolen cars. He’s a felon, so possessing a gun is a felony of its own.

In the Buick case, Commissioner Alfred Heydrich set bail at $20,000. Jeffery posted bond March 29.

Police records list him as a suspect in a bike theft reported two nights later, and another vehicle theft on April 3.

Jail records listed his bail Monday at $240,000, as set by Heydrich.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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