Bellingham

Arrest made in connection with Bellingham kidnapping attempts

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Police believe they've nabbed the man responsible for two recent attempted abductions in Bellingham.

A teenage girl and another young woman were nearly abducted last Friday in two separate incidents.

In the first incident, 13-year-old girl told police that she was waiting for a school bus in the 700 block of West Bakerview Road at about 8:20 a.m. when a man approached her and told her to go with him, said Mark Young of the Bellingham police.

The girl refused, and the suspect reportedly punched the girl in the face and then sprayed her in the eyes with an unknown substance. The victim ran home to report the assault to her parents, but the suspect did not follow her.

The second incident occurred at about 7:10 p.m. Friday in the 4100 block of Aldrich Road. A 24-year-old woman told officers that she was walking alone on the sidewalk when a man came up from behind and grabbed her by the arm.

The suspect then sprayed the victim in the eyes with an unknown substance and demanded she go with him. The woman refused and yelled. The attacker was last seen running towards West Bakerview Road then out of sight, Young said.

Young said investigators developed a lead on a suspect due to his "suspicious behavior." After interviewing that man, police believed they had enough to arrest him for the attacks.

On Thursday, police say the suspect's attorney convinced him to turn himself in. When he arrived at the Bellingham Police Station, he was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail.