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Handgun reportedly laid on table during private car sale negotiation

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A person hoping to sell their private vehicle was unable to reach an agreement with a potential buyer. The potential buyer is said to have laid a handgun on the table.

An affidavit of probable cause prepared by Bellingham Police and submitted to Whatcom County Superior Court by prosecutors said the victim told police on September 25th the potential buyer appeared angry when he placed the handgun on the table and told the victim they did not want to see him “get mean.” Feeling intimidated, the victim handed the keys over.

The potential buyer, identified by Bellingham Police as Jade August Schweier, age 28, then drove away in the vehicle.

Hours after interviewing the victim, Bellingham Police spotted the stolen vehicle at a gas station while Schweier was standing next to it. He was taken into custody and placed under arrest.

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Since Schweier has been convicted of multiple felonies in the past, he is unable to legally possess firearms.

Schweier is now faces felony charges of 1st degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle in Superior Court.

Schweier was out on bail while facing multiple felony possession of stolen property and theft charges in other cases.

Schweier was released from custody on September 26th, the day after being arrested, after posting a $50,000 bond.

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