FERNDALE, Wash. — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) reported today that 2 separate burglaries over recent days have resulted in the arrest of 2 men and 2 additional suspects are being sought.
Details about the two incidents were provided in press releases today from the WCSO.
On July 3, 2019 at approximately 7:23 AM, deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office were called to a private residence in the 6100 block of Aldrich Road, Ferndale, WA for the report of a Home Invasion “style” Burglary. It was reported that 3 people had entered the residence, assaulted 2 occupants and then fled the area. One of the victims was reported to have suffered stab wounds from a knife used in the assault, and was requesting medical attention. Deputies, and later Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators, responded to the scene.
The investigation determined that the two victims in the attack were guests at the residence. They were sleeping in a spare bedroom at the home after arriving the previous night. The homeowner left the residence to run an errand shortly before 7:00 AM. Video surveillance from a nearby business showed that the homeowner met up with a female in a white Volkswagen sedan as he left his driveway. They talked for a minute and then the homeowner left the area. The white vehicle continued down the driveway to the residence.
Shortly after 7:00 AM two male suspects and one female suspect entered the room where the two victims were sleeping. The two male suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods over their faces exposing only their eyes. One suspect wore a grey hooded sweatshirt and one wore a black one. Both were armed with knives. The female (who the victims knew as “Danielle”) was armed with a large wrench. “Danielle” asked the victims “where’s my stuff?” and one of the male suspects stated: “Where’s your money?” Both males then jumped on the male victim and began to attack him. He fought back and they struggled on the bed for a period of time. Eventually the male victim was able to get to his feet and disarm one of the suspects. During the incident the victim suffered stab and cut wounds to his hand and leg. One of the suspects also suffered a severe cut to one of his hands during the incident.
After the victim took control of one of the knives, the suspects tried to flee the area. One suspect ran out the front door, dropping his identification card in the process. The suspect with the cut hand jumped out a window and after “Danielle” hit the female victim in the face, she fled out the front door. The female and one male suspect jumped into the white Volkswagon and fled the area. A short time later the injured suspect staggered down the driveway and left in an unknown direction.
After the attack the homeowner returned home. Both victims had called 911 and deputies arrived to investigate. Deputies were able to identify two of the suspects and began to look for them. The male victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of significant but not life-threatening injuries.
At approximately 9:00 PM, the Lynden Police Department was called for a welfare check on a male who was found walking in the 8000 block of Guide Meridian. The male was reported to be disoriented and suffering from a cut on his hand. WCSO Detectives also responded and discovered this was one of the male suspects from the incident. He was wearing the same clothing as seen in the video surveillance from the scene. The male was identified as Antini J. Saselli a 31 year old male from Bellingham, Washington. After being taken to the hospital for medical treatment, Antini Saselli was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the investigation of Burglary 1st, Assault 1st and Attempted Robbery 1st.
The Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation into the incident. The white Volkswagen was recovered abandoned in the Birch Bay area on July 5th. The two outstanding suspects have been identified as follows:
Danielle Nichole Coakley age 34
Steven Dale Scharton age 37
Both subjects are wanted for the investigation of Burglary 1st, Attempted Robbery 1st and Assault 1st. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office or 911 if you have any information on the whereabouts or location of either suspect.
In an earlier separate incident, a homeowner returned to find WCSO and Lummi Nation Police outside their Sandy Point residence with a burglary suspect in custody.
On July 1st, 2019 Sheriff’s Deputies and Lummi Law and Order officers responded to the 4500 block of Orcas Way in Sandy Point for a 9-1-1 call of a burglary in progress. A neighbor reported seeing a man enter her neighbor’s home through a window. The reporting party knew her neighbor was not at home and that her home was for sale.
Assisting Lummi Law and Order officers arrived on scene and detained DAVID MOORE, age 28, of Arlington, WA. Mr. Moore admitted to officers that he entered the residence and initially indicated that he was “tired from walking all day and needed a place to relax.” Moore later admitted to looking for items to take from the residence. The homeowner arrived home while deputies were still on the scene and indicated that he did not know MOORE and that he had no permission to be in his home.
Moore was arrested by deputies and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on charge of residential burglary.
Sheriff Elfo said: “This is a perfect example of neighbors watching out for neighbors and reporting very suspicious activity to law enforcement. Had this incident not been reported, the homeowner could have ended up in a dangerous confrontation with a burglar in his own home. This case also demonstrates the close working relationship between Lummi Law and Order and the Sheriff’s Office.”