But two suspects still unaccounted for

FERNDALE — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office arrested suspects in two separate Ferndale burglaries last week.

On July 1, WCSO deputies and Lummi Law and Order officers responded to the 4500 block of Orcas Way at Sandy Point on a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress. A neighbor had called in saying she had seen a man enter her neighbor’s house through a window. The reporting party knew her neighbor was not at home and that the home was for sale.

Lummi officers arrived and detained David Moore, 28, of Arlington, who admitted that he had entered the home and said that he was “tired from walking all day and needed a place to relax,” according to a WCSO report.

Moore later admitted that he had entered to look for items to take. The homeowner arrived while deputies were still there. He told them he did not know Moore and that Moore did not have permission to enter the home. WCSO deputies arrested Moore and booked him into  Whatcom County Jail on charges of residential burglary.

“This is a perfect example of neighbors watching out for neighbors and reporting very suspicious activity to law enforcement,” Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said. “Had this incident not been reported, the homeowner could have ended up in a dangerous confrontation with a burglar in his own home. This case also demonstrates the close working relationship between Lummi Law and Order and the Sheriff’s Office.”

Two days later on July 3 at about 7:23 a.m., WCSO deputies were called to a home in the 6100 block of Aldrich Road near Ferndale on a report of a home invasion-style burglary. Three people were reported to have entered the home, assaulted the two people inside and then fled. One of the victims reportedly suffered stab wounds from a knife used in the assault and requested medical attention.

Deputies, detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the scene.

The investigation determined that the two victims in the attack were, in fact, guests at the residence who had been sleeping in a spare bedroom after arriving there the previous night. The homeowner left on an errand shortly before 7 a.m., and video surveillance from a nearby business showed that the homeowner met up with a woman in a white Volkswagen sedan as he left his driveway. They talked and then the homeowner left the residence. The white Volkswagen then continued down the driveway to the house.

Shortly after 7 a.m., two males and one female entered the room where the two victims were sleeping. The two males were wearing hooded sweatshirts and slung the hoods to cover their faces, exposing only their eyes. Both were armed with knives, and the woman, who the victims knew as “Danielle,” was armed with a large wrench. The woman asked the victims “Where’s my stuff?” One of the male suspects then asked “Where’s your money?”

Both jumped on the male victim and attacked him. He fought back and they struggled on the bed. The victim was able to get to his feet and disarm one of the suspects. During the altercation, the victim suffered stab and cut wounds to a hand and leg, and one of the suspects suffered a severe cut to one of his hands.

Once the male victim had one of the knives, the suspects tried to flee the area. One ran out the front door and dropped his identification card in the process. The suspect with the cut hand jumped out a window, and the female suspect hit the female victim in the face before leaving out the front door of the home. The female suspect fled the scene with one of the male suspects in the Volkswagen. The injured suspect staggered down the driveway in an unknown direction.

The homeowner, out on errands, returned home after the attack. Both victims had called 911 and deputies arrived to investigate. They were able to identify two of the suspects and began to look for them. The male victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of significant but not-life-threatening injuries.

At about 9 p.m. that evening, the Lynden Police Department was called for a welfare check on a male who was found walking in the 8000 block of Guide Meridian Road. The male was reportedly disoriented and had a cut on his hand. WCSO detectives responded and found it to be one of the male suspects from the incident. He was identified as Antini J. Saselli, 31, of Bellingham, and he was wearing the same clothing as seen in video surveillance footage of the scene. After being taken to the hospital for medical treatment, he was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on investigation of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

The WCSO is still investigating the incident. The white Volkswagen was recovered abandoned in the Birch Bay area on July 5, and the two unaccounted-for suspects have been identified as Danielle Nichole Coakley, 34, and Steven Dale Scharton, 37. They are wanted on investigation of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

Also on July 5, at about 6:22 a.m., WCSO deputies responded to the 3600 block of Slater Road outside of Ferndale in response to a report of a vehicle prowl.

Deputies found Zachary McNeil, 28, of Ferndale, walking down Slater Road away from the spot of the reported vehicle prowl.

The reporting party identified him as the person who had been seen entering a van belonging to Barlean’s Fishery. The vehicle was damaged, including a broken passenger side window and black-colored shoe prints and dents on the driver’s side door. McNeil admitted that he had damaged and entered the van.

Deputies also checked the area of Barlean’s Organic Oils and discovered that a door window on the building had been kicked out.  Shoeprints similar to those on the van were on the broken door.

McNeil was arrested and booked into jail on charges of second-degree vehicle prowl, second-degree malicious mischief, second-degree attempted burglary and third-degree malicious mischief.