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Arrest made in August armed robbery in Ferndale

FERNDALE, Wash. — A suspect in an August armed robbery incident was arrested by Ferndale Police today, Thursday, September 28th.

Ferndale Police were dispatched about 8:25am on August 15th to a report of an armed robbery at a retail business in the 1800 block of Main Street. Employees told police a male suspected of stealing alcohol and tools had displayed a knife when confronted and then fled.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Bellingham Police Department K-9 units and a UAE (drone) searched the surrounding area for about 2 hours. Officers located items left behind by the suspect but did not locate him.

According to Ferndale Police, Lummi Nation Police officer made a traffic stop yesterday and the passenger of the vehicle was identified as Juan Carlos Barron, age 41. There was an unrelated warrant for his arrest in a Whatcom County Superior Court case where he faces a felony charge of harassment with intent to kill or do bodily injury.

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Ferndale Police officers took custody of Barron and noted he has tattoos that match the description of the suspect in the August 15th robbery.

The tattoos were distinct enough that Officers were able to positively identify the robbery suspect as BARRON. Ferndale Police Department (September 29, 2023)

Barron was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the harassment and 1st-degree robbery charges.

As of today, Barron remains in custody pending being able to post bail of $75,000 bond or $7,500 cash in the harassment case and $100,000 bond or $10,00 cash in the robbery case.

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