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March 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

JBLM officer accused of threatening wife, state capitol

Lt. Col. Robert Underwood (KIRO TV)

A lieutenant colonel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is in the Pierce County Jail after threatening to have his wife and his commanding officer killed by a hitman for $150,000, according to court documents.

The officer, Robert L. Underwood, 46, allegedly told one of his daughters that he would do “something crazy” that “the world would know about.”  Underwood, who spent two years assigned to an explosives demolition task force in Iraq, also told his girlfriend that he planned to blow up the state capitol in Olympia, according to a DuPont police report.

Underwood was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of felony harassment for the alleged death threats, including to his girlfriend.

This is the latest in a string of serious criminal allegations linked to JBLM soldiers, including the alleged massacre of 16 Afghans, including women and children, by a staff sergeant deployed with the Stryker brigade.

According to police reports, Underwood is in the midst of a contentious two-year divorce. His commanding officer, Lt. Col. Shawn Reed, said in a written statement to detectives that Underwood’s wife last December disclosed his intent “to hurt her and her children,” and got a military protective order with the intent of protecting her. Reed also had Underwood involuntarily evaluated, according to court documents.

Underwood has repeatedly deployed, but does not suffer from PTSD, Reed told detectives.

Underwood’s girlfriend also grew concerned enough that she called Underwood’s estranged wife to warn her. The girlfriend told detectives she found what she considered to be child pornography on his laptop. When Underwood learned that the woman had looked at his laptop, he warned her he would kill her for “knowing too much about him.”

He was scheduled to be arraigned today.

See also: Timeline of Lewis-McChord troubles since 9/11

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