July 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM
Charges filed against armed man arrested near UW
The 21-year-old Nevada man who was arrested last week near the University of Washington driving a stolen truck containing guns and firebombs was charged Tuesday with possession of an incendiary device, possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.
King County prosecutors allege Justin Jasper came to Washington to “argue with some legislators” and was carrying maps of three college campuses. When he was arrested last Wednesday near the UW, campus police said they also found six Molotov cocktails in the blue pickup Jasper was driving.
Police also found a deer rifle, a double-barrel shotgun, three knives, a machete and military-grade body armor in the truck, prosecutors said.
UW police first encountered the pickup Tuesday evening during a routine patrol of the parking lot of Laurel Village, a UW housing complex. An officer questioned Jasper after finding him asleep in the truck.
Officers released him after a check for warrants came up empty.
Wednesday morning, UW police received notice the truck had been reported stolen from Montana.
That evening, UW police saw the truck on campus, followed it and arrested Jasper during a high-risk felony stop.
Jasper is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on July 22. He is in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
Erik Henderson, a Butte, Mont. long-haul trucker who let Jasper stay in his home, said the body armor was his from when he was a contract convoy trucker in Iraq. The guns were hunting weapons, he said.
Henderson, 46, said Jasper described himself as an “anarchist.”
Jasper had a long list of gripes about topics ranging from the chemical industry to genetically altered foods to voting rights, Henderson told The Times last week
Henderson discovered his pickup, guns and body armor missing last Tuesday after returning home from 11 days on the road. He said Jasper had left a message saying he was driving to Seattle to “argue with some legislators about some issues he was upset at.”
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