A man must serve nine months in jail for pulling a knife on a Bellingham police officer, a judge ruled Thursday, May 12.
On the morning of March 3, a man shoplifted coconut water from Grocery Outlet at 1600 Ellis St. Security reported the theft to police.
Moments later, Officer Henry Ortega saw a man, Manuel Gonzalez, 27, leaning against a business on York Street. Gonzalez fit the suspect description.
Once Ortega got closer, Gonzalez reacted as if he might run or fight, according to police. The officer ordered him to face away with his hands behind his back. Gonzalez turned around, then moved his hand to the buckle of his pants.
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He pulled out a folding knife and spun back in an “attack position,” according to charging papers. Ortega held him at gunpoint until Gonzalez dropped the knife. No one was hurt.
Gonzalez, a resident of the Lynden area, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault.
He pleaded guilty Thursday morning, May 12, to assault in the second degree. Charges of theft and methamphetamine possession were dismissed in a plea deal.
Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig sentenced him to nine months behind bars.