Crime

Bellingham woman attacks jail window, deputy with rock

The protective glass in the reception area at the Whatcom County Jail suffered several cracks after a woman struck it with a rock on Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2016. The woman, Deborah Lea Lindor, also struck a corrections deputy with a metal rod as she was being detained.
The protective glass in the reception area at the Whatcom County Jail suffered several cracks after a woman struck it with a rock on Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2016. The woman, Deborah Lea Lindor, also struck a corrections deputy with a metal rod as she was being detained. The Bellingham Herald

Authorities said a woman used a rock and metal rod to crack a pane of protective glass at the Whatcom County Jail and attack a corrections deputy Thursday afternoon, July 21.

Deborah Lea Lindor, 41, of Bellingham, walked into the jail’s public waiting area at about 2:20 p.m. carrying a rock and a 2-foot-long metal rod, said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. She used the rock to repeatedly strike the glass that separates the waiting area from the jail’s reception desk. The rock cracked the glass in several places and created a small hole, Elfo added.

Lindor then ran back outside and got as far as the jail’s parking lot before a corrections deputy caught up to her. Lindor hit the deputy in the back of the head with the metal rod, Elfo said, but caused no serious injury.

One woman was inside the jail’s waiting area during the incident, Elfo said, but was unharmed. Lindor also was uninjured.

Lindor was booked into jail on suspicion of third-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief, Elfo said. Investigators are also in the process of running a narcotics test on pills Lindor was carrying.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Lindor struck the glass or entered the jail, Elfo said.

Though the glass didn’t shatter, it’s not meant to crack either, Elfo said. Cracks to protective glass in the jail have been a “continuing problem,” typically involving inmates inside the jail, he added.

“We’re always concerned, given today’s time and today’s age, of any spontaneous assaults on law enforcement or law enforcement facilities,” Elfo said. “We’ll try to talk to her and figure out what her motivation was.”

Lindor caused an estimated $2,500 in damage, Elfo said.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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