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A spotlight shines on a suspect's room at the Ferndale Super 8 hotel during a SWAT standoff (January 17, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

3-hour standoff at Ferndale Super 8 hotel

Ferndale Police had determined a subject wanted for assault of a child was in a room at the Ferndale Super 8 hotel at 5788 Barrett Road.

Ferndale Police were told the subject, Bruce A Marbley, age 32, had assaulted one of his children on Monday. Since there was an active protection order between Marbley and his wife and two children, the assault was considered a felony.

According to Ferndale Police Lieutenant Matt Huffman, Marbley’s wife, Brittany Marbley, brought herself and their two children to the Super 8 hotel Monday to help Bruce move. While they were there, Bruce assaulted one of the children, a 6-year old, by “grabbing him by the shirt collar, lifting him off the ground, and holding him off the ground for several seconds. This action restricted the breathing of the child and caused bruising to the neck,” according to Huffman.

The assault was reported to Ferndale Police the next day, Tuesday.

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According to Huffman, Bruce has a history of domestic violence assaults, as well has a history of arrests for resisting, obstructing and assaulting officers. They also had information he is an ex-Army Ranger, suffers from PTSD and had been drinking all day.

Ferndale Police officers, assisted by Whatcom County SWAT team and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies due to Bruce’s history, responded to the Ferndale Super 8 hotel yesterday evening to arrest Bruce.

After confirming he was in the room, a search warrant was granted for a search of the room and Bruce’s arrest. It took 3 hours of no response while law enforcement attempted to make contact before he voluntarily left his hotel room and was taken into custody.

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Bruce was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on 3 counts of violating a protection order related to domestic violence. 2 counts were misdemeanor charges and 1 was a felony charge. He was also booked on the charge of 2nd degree assault of a child.

As of 8am this morning, Bruce remained in custody at the Whatcom County Jail.

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