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Bellingham man arrested after reportedly attacking police with a sharpened dowel has history of arrests

Bellingham Police vehicle (October 9, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News
Bellingham Police vehicle (October 9, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police say that on June 16th, shortly after 3am, Kolya Daughs, age 32 entered an apartment building Railroad Avenue did over $5,000 in damage to an elevator, pulled a fire alarm unnecessarily, stole a fire extinguisher and sprayed a resident who was evacuating the building.

According to an affidavit of probable cause for arrest by Bellingham Police and filed in Whatcom County Superior Court by prosecutors, Daughs sprayed the resident in the face with the fire extinguisher. The resident told police officers they experienced stinging and temporary blindness from being sprayed.

Daughs was located a block away by police while still carrying the fire extinguisher. When they attempted to place him in handcuffs, he pulled a pointed wooden dowel from a pocket. In the process of taking the dowl from him, a police officer was cut by a knife in Daughs’ pocket.

Daughs continued to resist arrest and only after being warned he would be tasered was he able to be taken into custody.

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As a result of those incidents, Daughs has been charged with suspicion of the following crimes in Whatcom County Superior Court.

  • 2nd degree assault with intent to do substantial bodily harm (class B felony)
  • 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon (class B felony)
  • 1st degree malicious mischief damage exceeding $5,000 (class B felony)
  • 3rd degree theft (gross misdemeanor)
  • Fire Alarm/Equipment Tampering (misdemeanor)
  • Obstructing Law Enforcement Officer (gross misdemeanor)

As of today, June 21st, Daughs remained in custody in Whatcom County Jail.

In June of 2020, Daughs led law enforcement on a several-mile pursuit which ended after a successful PIT maneuver and he is currently awaiting trial for

  • Assault 2nd Degree Deadly Weapon
  • Attempting to Elude Police Vehicle
  • Driving Under Influence
  • Hit/Run Attended Vehicle/Property Damage Only

At the time of the June 16th incidents, Daughs was out of custody pending trial for the June 2020 incident charges after posting a $20,000 bond.

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Daughs is also awaiting trial on felony charge of suspicion of malicious mischief from a March 19th incident where he is suspected of spray-painting Bellingham Parks vehicles and throwing rocks Bellingham Police vehicles causing $2,900 in damage. He also posted a $20,000 bond to be released from custody on that charge.

In 2015, Daughs was convicted of 2 felony counts of attempting to elude police vehicles resulting from 2 February 2015 incidents on the same morning while driving with a suspended license. He also pled guilty in 2017 to felony residential burglary, 2nd degree assault, 2nd degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment stemming from an incident in Bellingham in January 2016. In that incident, he held and robbed a man at knifepoint in the man’s apartment and then fled to a nearby bank branch where he broke a glass door with a large rock, entered the branch and called 911 to turn himself in from a bank phone.

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