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

Homeowner held burglary suspect at gunpoint

About 2am Sunday, March 4th, a Ferndale homeowner in the 2200 block of Brown Road reported hearing loud banging noises outside his home and armed himself to investigate. According to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Undersheriff Jeff Parks, the homeowner found a broken window at the back of his garage and discovered a man inside a fenced area.

Before the homeowner could display his firearm, the man threw himself to the ground shouting “Just shoot me,” “Just take me to jail” and “Just tase me,” according to Parks.

911 was called and the call receiver was informed of the subject being held at gunpoint. WCSO deputies were dispatched and Ferndale Police officers also responded to assist. FPD officers detained the suspect without incident according to Ferndale Police Lieutenant Bill Hatchett.

Parks said in an email, “The subject continued to act strangely and was physically uncooperative with LE, appeared to be under influence.”

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Darren K Olson-Young, age 20, was subsequently booked into the Whatcom County Jail by WCSO deputies charged with 2nd degree burglary and 3rd degree malicious mischief (<$750). As of this morning, jail records showed Olson-Young in custody pending a $5000 bail or bond.

One Comment

  1. Bob Bob March 11, 2018

    I can’t help but wonder if this story would’ve had a much different ending had the homeowner not been able to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to defend themselves and protect their property. These are the stories that rarely make it to the mainstream media outlets (for obvious reasons). Personally, I get a warm fuzzy every time I read about a law-abiding citizen defending themselves from someone bent on criminal activity.

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