Highland Hall break-in: The documents
Documents obtained from court records and University Police were the basis for
The Western Front’s story about convicted felon Tanner Boyd’s relationship with Western’s track team.
They paint a fuller picture of the events of Nov. 12, 2016 when Boyd was arrested by University Police for allegedly breaking into dorms. They also contain the details of Boyd’s first arrest in 2014 under similar circumstances, and the letter written by head track and field coach Kelven Halsell on official Viking’s stationery vouching for his character.
- Statements from University Police and Highland Hall residents describing the events of Nov. 12.
- Letters attesting to Tanner Boyd’s character, submitted days before his second arrest.
- An affidavit of probable cause containing a condensed description of Boyd’s second arrest.
- An affidavit of probable cause containing a condensed description of Boyd’s first arrest in 2014 under similar circumstances.
- Documents from the University Police case report concerning the keys found on Boyd when he was arrested.
- Police photos showing Boyd’s clothes found near Highland Hall.
- A screenshot of the Western Alert sent out about Boyd’s arrest in Highland Hall.
Victims names and addresses have been redacted by The Western Front, as well as University Police, to protect their privacy.
WARNING: Some documents contain graphic language.
Highland Hall Incident
Pages taken from the case file obtained from University Police by The Western Front contain a description of the events of Nov. 12, 2016, the night of Boyd’s second arrest, from police officers and Highland Hall residents.
Letters submitted to the court by two Western track and field coaches, Boyd’s employers and a fellow athlete, vouch for his character. Four days later he was arrested again.
Affidavit of Probable Cause 2016
A brief description of Boyd’s second arrest, by Whatcom County prosecutors.
Affidavit of Probable Cause 2014
A description of Boyd’s first arrest, by Whatcom County prosecutors. It describes a similar crime to the one Boyd allegedly committed in 2016. Boyd eventually plead guilty to the 2014 charges.
Documents taken from the University Police file attest to the origin of the keys found on Boyd when he was arrested. The keys gave him access to High Street Hall, where the athletics department is headquartered, and Carver Gymnasium.
Arrest Report Photos
Photos taken from the University Police arrest report show Boyd’s clothes found outside Highland Hall, as well as un-opened condom found next to them.
A screenshot of the Western Alert sent out following Boyd’s arrest. No mention is made of his connection to the track team, that he was wearing resident’s clothing or that he entered rooms containing residents. (Click to enlarge)