A Birch Bay man is suspected of threatening to kill his neighbors and an on-duty security guard while carrying a knife at Birch Bay Village July 9. He stabbed the security podium, cut camera wires and later allegedly tried to avoid Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies, according to the affidavit of probable cause (APC).
WCSO booked Birch Bay Village resident Scott Brandon Peterson, 50, into Whatcom County Jail July 9 on suspicion of harassment, carrying a weapon, reckless driving and third-degree malicious mischief, according to jail records.
Around 3:40 a.m. July 9, WCSO deputies responded to Birch Bay Village for a report of felony harassment. Witnesses reported a man, later identified as Peterson, walked up to the security podium and told the on-duty security guard he was going to kill his neighbors. “You could be one of them,” Peterson said, according to the APC.
Peterson allegedly held a folding-style knife in his hand while he made the threats and stabbed the outer wall of the podium. He also cut a surveillance camera wire, damaging it beyond repair, according to the APC. Peterson left on foot, breaking two large pieces of glass in the street.
Peterson then went to a friend’s house and told them he was going to kill neighbors and possibly himself, according to the APC. Deputies were unable to locate him at this time.
Around 7 a.m., Peterson rode his motorcycle to the security gate and past the guard when the guard attempted to block the exit with a vehicle. Peterson rode around the vehicle and sped away as deputies returned.
WCSO deputies spotted Peterson at the intersection of Grandview and Vista roads shortly after. According to the APC, Peterson recklessly drove off the roadway through the gravel parking lot to avoid deputies and a stop sign.
Peterson was later taken into custody in Bellingham without further incident. He had a kitchen knife and folding knife in his possession, according to the APC.
Jail records show Peterson is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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