Woman escapes kidnapping in Birch Bay

A 21-year-old woman was able to escape her abusive boyfriend by crashing her car into the wall of a Birch Bay Shell station.

On April 20, a clerk at Bay Center Market in Birch Bay contacted the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department after a young couple had come into the store. The clerk told deputies the woman appeared to be beaten and mouthed the words “help me” when the man’s back was turned. The couple then drove off in a green car.

Minutes later, witnesses reported a dark green Oldsmobile accelerating into the wall of the Shell station at 3425 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, near Birch Bay Square. The woman jumped out of the driver’s seat, yelling, “He’s going to kill me!”

The male suspect, identified as Michael Lavon Eisenman, 24, attempted to run south on Portal Way. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found a crowd had subdued Eisenman and had him pinned to the pavement. Eisenman was arrested on suspicion of assault in the second degree, kidnapping in the first degree and felony harassment. He declined to speak with deputies about the incident.

The woman told deputies that Eisenman might have a gun in the car, but deputies did not find one. They did find a large knife.

The woman had multiple injuries and bruises to her face and body. She told deputies she and Eisenman had only been dating for about a week. On April 19, they’d gotten into an argument, and he beat her and threatened to kill her. He pulled a knife and refused to let her leave her home on Leeside Drive in Birch Bay.

On April 20, Eisenman told her he wanted to go to Seattle for a marijuana-related 4/20 event. The victim reported Eisenman forced her to drive the vehicle at knife point, repeatedly telling her he was going to kill her and that the only way she was going to survive was if she wrecked the car and killed him first.

Eisenman has no felony record in Washington. He has faced domestic violence and battery charges in Kansas and South Dakota, as well as charges for violating probation.

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