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Police trying to solve beating in downtown Bellingham alley

BELLINGHAM — Detectives want to track down witnesses of a fight in downotwn Bellingham that left two men with serious injuries over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Both 21-year-old men had been drinking in bars that night before they got into a confrontation with four or five other men around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, March 16, in an alley between the Royal — a bar at 208 E. Holly St. — and Key Bank, said Bellingham Police Lt. Rick Sucee.

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The two groups "exchanged words," but the two 21-year-old men haven't been able to recall what they were arguing about, or how it escalated into a physical fight, Sucee said.

Officers responded to find one man had been knocked out, and the other lost two of his teeth. Both declined an ambulance but one of them did get driven to the hospital by a friend, Sucee said.

The injured men could not pinpoint the number of attackers, but they said afterward the larger group jumped into a black car that drove off south in the alley, in the direction of E. Chestnut Street, according to police.

So far no other witnesses have come forward. There's a camera aimed right down the alley, but it was broken this weekend, Sucee said.

The case is being investigated as a possible felony assault. Anyone with tips should contact Detective Al Jensen at 360-778-8609. For urgent tips, call 911.

You can read the police press release here.

Edited on Wednesday, March 26 to correct the date of the assault.