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Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Vandalism Suspects

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Vandalism Suspects

The Ferndale Police Department is asking the public’s help to identify three suspects in a series of vandalism cases. The suspects were caught on camera vandalizing a Ferndale business and are connected to a rash of graffiti in the greater Ferndale area.

The three suspects are described as male, and in their twenties. Two of them have darker hair with facial hair while one has lighter hair and skin. Anyone with information about these three suspects should contact Detective Steve Gamage at 360-483-5720 or sgamage@ferndalepd.org.

 

Lost and Found Items

Have you lost or misplaced an item recently? If one of these items fits the general description of your lost property, contact Michelle with the Ferndale Police Department at 360-483-5745 to describe and claim your lost property. Items turned into the Ferndale Police Department: Purse, cell phone, cash and a toiletry bag.

Lost and Found Items

Have you lost or misplaced an item recently? If one of these items fits the general description of your lost property, contact Michelle with the Ferndale Police Department at 360-483-5745 to describe and claim your lost property. Sunglasses, bike rack, bicycles, knife

Suspect Connected to January Ferndale Homicide Arrested

Suspect Connected to January Ferndale Homicide Arrested

The Ferndale Police Department, with the assistance of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Ogden Police Department, have arrested Kimberly Trujillo Mendoza. Trujillo Mendoza is being charged with Rendering Criminal Assistance 1st Degree. This is part of the investigation into the homicide of Jose Esquivel Hernandez, who was shot on January 23rd outside a gathering in Ferndale.

Investigators discovered that Trujillo Mendoza and Miguel Miranda, who was arrested and charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree for shooting Hernandez, are in a dating relationship and have a child in common. Witnesses at the gathering reported seeing Miranda and Trujillo Mendoza at the party together prior to the shooting.

Traffic cameras captured a photo of Trujillo Mendoza’s vehicle traveling south from Kingman, Arizona on January 24th, which led to Phoenix, Arizona where Miranda was later arrested.

During a search of Trujillo Mendoza’s vehicle, receipts were located from various businesses in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Phoenix, Arizona area.  Using these receipts to further investigate security footage and bank records, investigators were able to verify that Trujillo Mendoza was in fact using the vehicle, along with another person who is believed to be Miranda.

During an interview with investigators, Trujillo Mendoza admitted to driving with Arizona with Miranda.  She also admitted to purchasing new phones in Las Vegas, along with other supplies along the way and picking up Miranda in Portland, Oregon following the shooting.

Based on the fact that Trujillo Mendoza assisted Miranda by fleeing the state following a homicide, probable cause exists to charge her with Rendering Criminal Assistance 1st Degree.  She was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on March 10th, 2022.

 

Lost and Found Items

Have you lost or misplaced an item recently? If one of these items fits the general description of your lost property, contact Michelle with the Ferndale Police Department at 360-483-5745 to describe and claim your lost property.

Credit cards, helmet, drills, safe, cell phone, backpack

Non-Threatening Device Located at Vista Middle School

Joint Statement from the Ferndale School District and Ferndale Police Department

This morning, March 7th, the administration at Vista Middle School reported a suspicious device to the Ferndale Police Department. Students and staff were removed to a safe distance as recommended by law officials.

Law enforcement, including the Hazardous Device Unit from the Bellingham Police Department, assessed the device, disassembled it, and found it to be non-threatening. Additionally, a comprehensive search of the building and surrounding perimeter was conducted, and students & staff returned to normal operations.

In every case, the safety of our community is our top priority and guiding principle. The Ferndale School District is grateful for the quick response by Ferndale Police Department as we worked diligently and collaboratively to ensure threats are fully investigated and resolved. Together, this partnership continues to keep our students, staff, and communities safe.

As always, we encourage you, parents, students, staff, and community members, to report any concerns or questionable behavior to Ferndale Schools administration and/or Ferndale Police Department. Please remember that Ferndale Schools also have an anonymous reporting tool Vector Alert, formally known as Safe Schools Alert. By working together, we can continue to ensure a safe learning and teaching environment for all students and staff.

 

Ferndale Homicide Suspect Arrested in Arizona

Ferndale Homicide Suspect Arrested in Arizona

Miguel-Angel Miranda was arrested on Friday, January 28th in Phoenix, Arizona in connection with the recent Ferndale shooting and homicide on January 23rd.

The vehicle that Miranda was believed to be in was initially picked up by a license plate reader outside Kingsman, Arizona which alerted the Ferndale Police Department. Ferndale detectives, with the assistance of detectives from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, worked to quickly develop information on possible addresses for all known associates of Miranda in the greater Phoenix area.

Using this information, the Phoenix Police Department spotted Miranda and subsequently took him into custody. The associated vehicle was later located in Ogden, Utah.

Miranda has prior court cases in Phoenix to resolve and then will be transported to Whatcom County to face charges of second-degree murder.

Currently, the Ferndale Police Department is seeking information about two witnesses to the initial shooting on January 23rd. Their names are Jimmy Abitia and Michael Archouletta. If the public has contact information for either of those men, please submit that information to the Ferndale Police Department (360-384-3390 or contact@ferndalepd.org).

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Homicide Suspect

Ferndale Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Homicide Suspect

On 01/23/2022 shortly after midnight, the Ferndale Police responded to a report of a shooting at a large party. Responding officers located a victim on the ground outside who had sustained two gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

An arrest warrant has been issued for as MIGUEL ANGEL MIRANDA (06/13/1998) in connection with this homicide.  He was last seen in a white 2010 Acura, Washington License BYD1918, with dark tinted windows and black wheels. The police department is seeking the public’s help in locating Miguel Miranda and the vehicle involved. Miranda is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see or know the whereabouts of Miranda, please call 9-1-1 DO NOT approach him.

Joint Statement Regarding Yesterday’s Weapons Violation at Ferndale High School issued by the Ferndale School District and Ferndale Police Department

In a joint statement issued by the Ferndale School District and Ferndale Police Department, officials follow up regarding a weapons violation that occurred yesterday, Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Ferndale High School. The full press release can be read here: https://www.cityofferndale.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/211202-JOINT-STATEMENT.pdf

The Ferndale Police Department and the Ferndale School District will continue to coordinate to ensure the safety of all students.

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