Man arrested for alleged criminal aid



The Bellingham Herald File

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

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

On Tuesday, May 3, about 2 p.m., 27-year-old Jessica Shockey of Blaine was temporarily released from Whatcom County jail to attend a medical appointment ordered by the Whatcom County Supreme Court, according to Deb Slater, a spokesperson for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Shockey was incarcerated after allegedly hitting a police vehicle while driving a stolen car in mid-April, The Bellingham Herald previously reported.

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

At around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, prison staff were informed that Shockey had run away from her appointment and that her location was unknown. Medical personnel told sheriff’s officers 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 at 7200 block of North Enterprise Road, Slater said.

Stroud was in the front passenger seat and Shockey reportedly tried to hide under a jacket in the back seat. Stroud reportedly said he didn’t know Shockey had escaped prison, but only gave 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 justice and social justice. She has worked in Montana, Florida and Virginia.

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