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Ferndale Police arrest man following recent crime spree

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FERNDALE, Wash. — Monday, August 2nd, Ferndale Police were joined by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Bellingham Police in apprehending a man suspected in a multi-day crime spree

According to City of Ferndale Spokesperson Riley Sweeney, the suspect’s recent crime spree began on July 31st. 

When Ferndale Police made contact with the man on Monday, he refused to comply with the officer’s commands, instead fleeing on foot into brush on the west side of I-5 near Smith Road. Ferndale Police were assisted by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Washington State Patrol trooper who helped in containing the area and a Bellingham Police K-9 unit performed a track that led to the capture of the suspect, identified as William “Broc” Whetter, age 31 of Maple Falls.

Ferndale Police took Whetter into custody and booked him into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of the following crimes.

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  • 2nd degree burglary
  • theft of a motor vehicle
  • resisting arrest
  • making/having burglary tools
  • possession of a dangerous weapon
  • 3rd degree theft
  • 3rd degree possession of stolen property

Sweeney did not provide details regarding the incidents that led to these charges.

At the time of his arrest, Whetter was out of custody on $10,000 bond while awaiting trial in 6 Whatcom County Superior Court cases tied to incidents on the following dates resulting in the following charges.

  • May 10th
    • 1st degree malicious mischief with damage exceeding $5,000
    • 3rd degree assault of a law enforcement officer
  • June 15th
    • 2nd degree malicious mischief with damage exceeding $750
  • June 20th
    • 2nd degree burglary
  • June 29th
    • 2nd degree robbery
  • July 19th
    • 2nd degree burglary

As of August 3rd, Whetter remained in custody without bond pending an initial court appearance.

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