Crime

Man aims revolver at woman in downtown Bellingham, police say

A Mount Vernon man was arrested this weekend after he aimed a gun at a woman who tried to break up a fight in downtown Bellingham, according to police.

A group of people got into an argument in a downtown alley around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11. A woman, 21, tried to break it up, said Lt. Mike Johnston of the Bellingham Police Department.

In response a man in the group, Dasheik Muhammad, 27, went to his car and grabbed a large revolver, according to police. He aimed the gun at her as he made threats to kill her, Johnston said.

She grabbed the barrel of the gun and pointed it away from her, she reported. Another woman, 22, witnessed the altercation and confirmed much of the woman’s story. They identified Muhammad — a black man in red pants, a black shirt and a red hat, according to dispatch logs — when police found him on foot minutes later in downtown Bellingham.

Muhammad told officers he was innocent.

Police booked him into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of assault in the first degree and felony harassment. The gun wasn’t found, and neither was the car, Johnston said.

On Monday at his first court appearance Muhammad spent much of the court hearing staring at the ground. He seemed confused about the allegations, as a deputy public defender and Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich explained the law he’s accused of breaking.

The deputy prosecutor, Erik Sigmar, noted Muhammed had been convicted of drug crimes in the Chicago area. Muhammad told the court he has lived in Skagit County for the past nine years.

Heydrich set bail at $50,000.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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