A Bellingham man suspected of beating a new friend with a glass candle holder was arrested while shoplifting Monday, June 15, according to police.
The two men met on the night of May 22 and “hit it off” while hanging out in a room at the Cascade Inn, 208 N. Samish Way, said Bellingham Police Lt. Mike Johnston.
One of the men fell asleep and was violently awoken the next morning around 11 a.m. when the other man — who called himself “Mitch” — hit his face and body with a glass candle holder, Johnston said. Police arrived to find the victim had injuries from the beating: blood coming from his right ear and glass embedded under his skin.
He told officers “Mitch” demanded $100 but, in lieu of the cash, he ran off with the victim’s bottle of Fireball cinnamon whisky. He left behind his jacket and cell phone. Police got a warrant to search the phone, and identified the man as Mickey Don Scott, 45, of Bellingham.
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Police ran into Scott on Monday afternoon when he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft in the 1200 block of Bakerview Road. He faces charges of robbery in the first degree, theft in the third degree and assault in the fourth degree.
Scott has a history of robbery, burglary and malicious mischief.