LYNDEN — Police officers had to deal with an uncooperative subject when they responded on a report of someone entering a building on the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Friday evening, Nov. 6.
“Upon arrival, officers discovered a transient man who was apparently setting up camp in one of the buildings,” emailed Police Chief Steve Taylor on Saturday morning. “As officers were speaking to the man, he punched one officer. During the brief altercation that followed, the suspect bit two officers, and kicked another.”
The man, identified as Alexander Pollack, was arrested and taken to the Whatcom County Jail, where he was booked on multiple charges, Taylor said.
“All officers are fine, and injuries were limited to bruises and bite marks,” he added.
Citizen and Bellingham Metro News accounts of the event had resulted in social media posts Friday evening that Lynden officers had sustained “deep bite wounds” after attempting to take down a large transient male on Kok Road across from the fairgrounds. The wounds were serious enough that officers went to the RiteAid store nearby to get first-aid treatment products, according to the posts.
Whatcom County jail bookings show Alexander Lynn Pollack was booked at 10:22 p.m. by Lynden Police on investigation of third-degree assault and felony harassment. No bail was allowed on these. A warrant from Blaine for failure to appear in court on a second-degree criminal trespass charge was also served on Pollack.