Running out of a local store, shoplifters encounter police officer

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Ferndale Police vehicle file photo (July 25, 2016). Photo: My Ferndale News

A Ferndale Police officer was heading into the parking lot of the Ferndale Haggen Food & Pharmacy store just in time to see 2 male subjects with “hands full of alcohol bottles” running out of the store.

According to Ferndale Police Sergeant Kevin Davis, it was around 2am Thursday morning when the officer saw the subjects being chased by a store employee. The officer ordered the subjects to stop but they only put the bottles down and continued to run.

The officer was able to grab one of the subjects who resisted and began fighting with the officer. “After rolling around on the ground for a couple of minutes, the subject was able to break free and run away,” Davis said in an email.

According to emergency radio transmissions at the time, other officers and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies set up a perimeter around where the subjects were last seen. A K9 unit led law enforcement to the subject that had been fighting with the officer. He was found hiding in bushes about quarter-mile away, Davis said.

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The subject was identified as Kyle O Finkbonner, age 27, and booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 3rd-degree assault (on the officer), 3rd-degree theft and resisting arrest. As of Friday morning, Finkbonner remained in custody pending $4000 bail according to jail records.

“The officer sustained bumps and scratches from the pavement during the scuffle and the suspect sustained scratches and cuts from both the scuffle and running through blackberry bushes,” Davis said.

The investigation into establishing the other individual’s identity is ongoing.


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