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Man jailed after climbing in bedroom window and assaulting a Bellingham Police officer when being detained

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

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Residents of a house on Bonanza Way in Bellingham were surprised about 10pm Saturday, April 23rd, to hear a dog barking upstairs and more surprised to see the dog’s owner walking into a hallway from a bedroom.

According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by Bellingham Police and submitted in Whatcom County Superior Court, the residents told police they had never seen the man before. After being confronted, the man left with his dog via the front door but without some belongings he left in the bedroom.

It was determined the man, identified as Wayne Francis Yale, age 34, had entered the house via a closed-in patio and opening an unlocked bedroom window.

A Bellingham Police K9 unit arrived and began to track Yale’s path into nearby woods. Yale was located with his dog and the officers attempted to detain him but he refused to comply with commands and began physically resisting. He grabbed 1 officer’s arm and kicked the other.

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He was then told he was under arrest for assault and he continued to resist. Multiple officers and the K9 were required to place Yale under arrest.

Yale was identified by the residents as the man they encountered in their house.

According to jail records, Yale was booked into the Whatcom County Jail by Bellingham Police charged with suspicion of 3rd degree assault, residential burglary and resisting arrest. He is also being held on a warrant out of Whatcom County District Court.

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