Matthew Aaron Etchieson, 26, of Bellingham, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on a first-degree robbery charge following a bizarre incident about 7 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Take ’N’ Bake Pizza, 2400 James St. Police said Etchieson entered the store carrying what appeared to the two employees to be a semiautomatic pistol, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Mike Scanlon.
“He brandished (the pistol), waved it in the air, and asked something to the effect of ‘Have you guys ever been robbed? Well, you are now!’ ” Scanlon said. He said the employees were cooperating when the heist took a weird turn. “All of a sudden, he puts the gun away and says: ‘Hey you guys got a job a pplication?’ ”