Burglary suspect caught after trying to evade a WCSO deputy

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Whatcom County Sheriff's Office vehicle (February 16, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

A Custer man suspected of at least one burglary was stopped by a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputy in the early morning hours Tuesday. But he demonstrated not wanting to stay stopped.

According to probable cause affidavits filed with the Whatcom County Superior Court, John C. Rasset, age 34, of Custer, was considered a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred July 20th in the 7000 block of Dahlberg Road. The home was equipped with a video security system and, while viewing the recording during the burglary, WCSO deputies recognized the subject burglarizing the home as Rasset.

Then, shortly after 1am on July 24th, Rasset was stopped on Woodlawn Road by a WCSO deputy. The deputy had stopped his marked patrol vehicle at a 45-degree angle to the front of the Mazda pickup and pulled his service handgun. The affidavit went on to say the deputy shouted commands to Rasset. In response, Rasset “threw a large fixed blade sheathed knife onto the dashboard and raised his hands.”

When ordered to turn off his vehicle’s engine, Rasset instead began driving forward, “pushing against the patrol vehicle’s push bar” and heading northbound on Woodland Road doing 35mph to 40mph on the 25mph road (speed was reduced due to chip seal work having been recently completed on the road). The Mazda then left the road and went approximately 3/10ths of a mile into a blueberry field before stopping and Rasset was taken into custody.

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Later, deputies recovered a rifle reported stolen in the Dahlberg Road burglary at the location where Rasset was initially stopped on Woodlawn Road.

Rasset was booked into Whatcom County Jail and charged with suspicion of the following.

  • hit and run of an unattended vehicle
  • attempting to elude a police vehicle
  • 1st degree illegal possession of a firearm
  • unlawful possession of firearms
  • 1st degree burglary
  • 2nd degree theft
  • theft of a firearm
  • possession of a stolen firearm
  • resisting arrest

Rasset is a convicted felon which makes it illegal for him to possess firearms.

According to jail records, Rasset remained in custody at the Whatcom County Jail as of July 26th with bail set at $75,000. He is scheduled for an August 3rd arraignment in court on the burglary charges according to court documents.

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