Suspected gang members marred an otherwise quiet night in the Birch Bay community by attacking a 16-year-old boy, his father and other neighbors.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about people fighting in the street near the intersection of Alderson Road and Loft Lane at around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Sgt. Larry Flynn said the incident began with the 16-year-old boy looking for a Nintendo DS game cartridge he had lost earlier that evening. As the boy searched for the game, four suspects confronted him. Three of the four suspects began to beat and kick him, Flynn said. The suspects allegedly took the game system, he said.
The boy called for help from his young neighbors and relatives, the youngest of whom was 13, who subsequently came to his aid. Once there, the three suspects also began beating and kicking the boy’s neighbors, Flynn said.
After the initial attack, the boy and his neighbors ran to their respective homes. The boy told his father what happened, and the boy’s father set out to find the suspects and get the game system back.
Once he found them at the intersection of Alderson and Loft, the same three of the four suspects knocked the father to the ground and began beating and kicking him in the head, Flynn said.
Neighbors heard the father’s calls for help and came to his aid. Two of the suspects threatened to stab the neighbors with a knife; then the neighbors called 911, Flynn said.
Deputies were able to find two of the suspects and arrested them. Blaine resident Lucas J. Davis, 19, was booked into Whatcom County jail on investigation of felony harassment for threatening to stab someone with a knife. Deputies found no knife on the man.
The second suspect deputies arrested was a 14-year-old boy from Blaine, Flynn said. He was booked into the county jail on investigation of first-degree robbery. The 14-year-old was also wanted on an unrelated third-degree assault charge.
On Monday afternoon deputies located a 16-year-old boy at his home and arrested him on investigation of first-degree robbery. Deputies were looking for him in connection with the initial attack. He was booked into the Whatcom County juvenile detention on suspicion of first-degree robbery.
Deputies are still searching for the 16-year-old’s 14-year-old brother, Flynn said. The younger brother is being sought on investigation of first-degree robbery and felony harassment.
The Nintendo DS was found smashed in the street, Flynn said. The victim had to be checked out by medics for swelling, bruising and bleeding of the head. No other injuries were reported.