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The Today File

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November 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Man accused of online threats against UW charged with harassment

A man who allegedly threatened to carry out a shooting at the University of Washington was charged Thursday with felony harassment and misdemeanor harassment, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Derek Grube, 32, in is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 20.

According to charging documents, Grube posted a expletive-laced message on Craigslist directed at UW students. “Contrary to what u may believe you are not better than anyone else u are not worth more than anyone else and u certainly aren’t above the rules just cuz u attend UW and others don’t.”

The post criticized students who approach and talk to strangers seated in “the most quiet corners in the library” with alcohol or cigarettes on their breath, and those who talk  on their cellphones or come into the library “hootin and hollering” to their friends.

“I swear to god if this (expletive) doesn’t stop I’m just gonna start shooting you worthless (expletive) and do the world a huge favor. You’ve been warned,” the post said.

On Monday, a UW police officer obtained a warrant for information on the post that he forwarded to Craigslist’s legal department, according to charges. Craigslist turned over information enabled UW police to trace the post to an iPad, according to the charges.

Two UW police officers tracked the iPad to the School of Social Work building, where they found a man using a tablet at a desk in a small room. Police said they contacted Grube, who admitted to officers that he had posted the Craigslist ad, according to the charges.

Grube had reportedly been in Seattle for only two weeks, according to the charges.

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