Man arrested for allegedly rendering criminal assistance


The Bellingham Herald file

A Ferndale man was arrested Wednesday, May 4, for allegedly helping a Blaine woman accused of assault leave a medical appointment and flee instead of returning to the Whatcom County Jail.

Danny Allen Stroud, 42, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree rendering criminal assistance, a felony.

Around 2 pm on Tuesday, May 3, 27-year-old Jessica Shockey of Blaine was temporarily released from the Whatcom County Jail to attend a medical appointment per an order from the Whatcom County Superior Court, according to Deb Slater, a spokesperson for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Shockey had been incarcerated in the jail after allegedly hitting a law enforcement vehicle while driving a stolen car in mid-April, The Bellingham Herald previously reported.

Shockey was taken by correctional staff to her medical appointment and was to return to jail immediately following her appointment, Slater said.

Around 2:30 pm on Tuesday, jail staff were notified that Shockey had walked away from her appointment and her location was unknown. Medical staff told the sheriff’s deputies that Shockey left with a person named “Danny,” who was later identified as Stroud, Slater said.

Sheriff’s detectives were able to identify their vehicle and found it May 4 in the 7200 block of North Enterprise Road, Slater said.

Stroud was located in the front passenger seat and Shockey was allegedly trying to hide under a jacket in the back seat. Stroud allegedly said he didn’t know Shockey had escaped from jail, but was only giving her a ride to Blaine, Slater said.

Both Stroud and Shockey were arrested without incident.

Reporter Denver Pratt joined The Bellingham Herald in 2017 and covers courts and criminal and social justice. She has worked in Montana, Florida and Virginia.


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