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June 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

UW student charged with making online threats to kill women

A University of Washington student accused of threatening a killing spree online was charged in federal court Thursday with making interstate threats.

Keshav Mukund Bhide, 23, is accused of threatening to seriously injure or kill women at the University of Washington and other women, according to court documents. He was arrested Sunday night at his dormitory in the University District.

According to court documents, Bhide posted comments on several YouTube videos related to Elliot Rodger, the man who killed six people and then himself near the University of California-Santa Barbara on May 23.

Some of the comments were posted only a few days after the shootings at Seattle Pacific University on June 5. In postings under the username “Foss Dark,” Bhide defended Rodger’s actions, and in one comment on June 9 said “I live in seattle and go to UW, that’s all ill give u. Ill make sure I kill only women, and many more than Elliot accomplished [sic]”

The FBI and University of Washington police began investigating Bhide after the June 9 post. During an interview after he was arrested, Bhide told agents he sympathized with Rodger and that he thought it was unfair for creators of the videos to judge Rodger’s actions, according to court documents. He told agents that he, like Rodger, had few friends and difficulty socializing.

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