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Maple Falls man arrested, suspected of animal cruelty and assault

MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) booked a Maple Falls man into the Whatcom County Jail this morning, Monday, October 2nd. The following was provided by the WCSO.

On October 1 around 11:45pm, Deputies responded to a residential area in Male Falls for a physical domestic. The reporting party said that their roommate, 28-year-old Talen Penix from Maple Falls had thrown a heater at the victim and also at a 2-year-old residing in the house.

Upon arrival, Deputies observed Mr. Penix on the porch with blood on his arms. He was detained and placed in a patrol vehicle.

Deputies then contacted the victim who also stated that Mr. Penix threw an electric heater at her while she was sleeping, which hit her shoulder causing pain. He then threw the heater at a child. The adult victim was able to get in front of the heater, resulting in it hitting her in the side of the head. Mr. Penix then wrapped his arms around the victim’s dog’s neck and squeezed. The victim believed Mr. Penix was actively trying to kill the dog. The victim then jumped on Mr. Penix in an attempt to stop him from killing her dog.

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Mr. Penix walked outside. The victim locked the door and Mr. Penix threw a medium-sized flashlight at her through the window. The glass shattering cut the victim’s left wrist. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (October 2, 2023)

According to jail records, Penix was booked and charged with suspicion of the following crimes.

  • 1st-degree animal cruelty
  • 2nd-degree assault (domestic violence)
  • 3rd-degree assault (domestic violence)
  • 2nd-degree assault of a child (domestic violence)
  • 2nd-degree malicious mischief (domestic violence)

As of this afternoon, Penix remained in custody pending a preliminary hearing where bail may be set.

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