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High bail set for man suspected of eluding police, assault, causing damage inside Bellingham mall with a hatchet

Truck seen at the east entrance to the food court at a Bellingham mall after a man attempted to elude law enforcement and then drove into the glass doors (March 12, 2022). Photo courtesy of the Bellingham Police Department

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — David Arthur Anderson, age 32, was arrested on March 17th and charged with suspicion of eluding police, assault, burglary and malicious mischief following a series of incidents that ended inside a closed Bellingham mall.

Anderson appeared at a preliminary hearing in Whatcom County Superior Court on March 18th where the prosecution requested bail be set at $500,000. While the defense requested a reduced amount, the court agreed to set bail at $500,000.

Court documents also noted that the prosecution requested Anderson be required to surrender any weapons. The defense objected but the court determined Anderson to be an imminent threat and was ordered to surrender weapons.

As of March 23rd, Anderson remained in custody pending being able to post bail.

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The damage to more than 11 stores in the mall and the eastern entry way to the mall’s food court was initially estimated to be about $100,000.

The Bellingham Police Department charged Anderson with 1st degree burglary, 3 counts of 1st degree assault, 3rd degree assault, 1st degree malicious mischief, 2nd degree malicious mischief, attempting to elude a police vehicle, hit and run of an attended vehicle with damage, resisting arrest and tampering with a fire alarm.

Anderson is currently scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on March 25th.

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