Crime

Woman raped by two men in Bellingham park, police say

Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham, Wash.
Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham, Wash. The Bellingham Herald

Police are searching for two men who sexually assaulted a woman Tuesday morning, June 7, in Maritime Heritage Park.

The woman reported she’d walked down Holly Street when she stopped to talk with a white man around her age. They shared cigarettes and talked for “a while,” said Sgt. Mike Scanlon.

At some point, around 6 or 7 a.m., she was shoved to the ground by the man. He and another man sexually assaulted her at a bridge on the outskirts of the park, Scanlon said.

Family took the woman to St. Joseph hospital, where she underwent a sexual assault exam, according to police.

Police declined to release further details as the case remains under investigation.

“My heart goes out to the victim. I am immensely saddened that this happened in our community,” Mayor Kelli Linville said in a press release. “Providing public safety is a core responsibility of the City. I am assembling my leadership team to continue to address public safety in our downtown park.”

Tips can be directed to Detective Sue Howell at 360-778-8682.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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