19-year-old WWU student arrested in connection with riot

BELLINGHAM — Police on Thursday arrested an additional person related to the Saturday’s street riot that followed a raucous party.

The 19-year-old man, who lives on campus at 2401 Bill McDonald Parkway, was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for investigation of riot, failure to disperse, and interfering with a street sign. He has not yet been formally charged.

bellinghamPolice said two additional people have also been identified but have not been located.  Police said they will continue to work to identify participants.

There are 11 photos of individuals allegedly involved in the riot, at the following link;

https://www.piersystem.com/external/content/document/1264/1934805/1/photos.pdf

that police request the public’s help identifying.  Please call Bellingham police detective Gina Crosswhite if you have information about the riot at (360) 778-8835.

Meanwhile, over the next few weeks, authorities from the Bellingham Police Department, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Western Washington University will be cracking down on disruptive parties.

Police will use the “Party Bus” and the sheriff’s office will provide their mobile booking vehicle starting Friday night.

Early Saturday morning Bellingham police had to control a riot near Western Washington University. Hundreds of revelers took to the streets, damaging signs and property.

“It escalated, got completely out of control. It’s embarrassing and it’s disgraceful,” said WWU student Shelby Stimson.

“I have never ever seen such a violent crowd, directing bottles, rocks, cinder blocks at police officers,” said Bellingham police Lt. Rick Sucee said.

Police also depleted most of their pepper spray, flash bangs and tear gas and now have to pay up to $5,000 to repair damaged patrol cars.

“It’s really disheartening, being a lifelong resident here,” said Sucee.

Authorities say they are not banning parties but they will respond to complaints.

Several tips if you are planning a party:

  • Keep your party a reasonable size. Social media can lead to many more people showing up than you want.
  • Touch bases with your neighbors; let them know you are planning a party and listen to their concerns, such as noise, parking and litter.
  • Keep the party indoors. When the party moves outdoors, things can get loud.
  • If you generate noise that unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace, comfort, and repose of your neighbors, the police can issue a public disturbance noise citation.
  • Even if you didn’t intentionally invite anyone underage, you might end up with underage people at your party. If the Party Patrol busts your party and find that alcohol is being served or consumed, then those under 21 will be cited for a minor in possession (commonly known as an MIP). You as the host also could receive a citation for furnishing alcohol to minors. In addition, hosts may have liabilities for neighborhood damages caused by their party guests.
  • If you believe your party is getting too loud or large, call the police department to assist you in clearing it out.
 
 

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