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November 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Police: Man accused of UW threats angry at loud students in libraries

A 32-year-old Seattle man is jailed on investigation of felony harassment after he allegedly posted an online rant about University of Washington students and threatened to “start shooting” if their loud behavior in the school’s libraries didn’t stop.

Derek Grube waived his appearance in court Tuesday afternoon, when a judge found probable cause  to hold him and set bail at $75,000, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Prosecutors are expected to file formal charges on Thursday.

On Saturday night, a man contacted UW police after finding a post on Craigslist with the subject header, “UW KIDS – 32,” according to the statement of probable cause outlining the UW police case against Grube.

“Dear UW Kids,” the post begins. “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.”

Laced with expletives, the post goes on to critique 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 saunter around on their cellphones or come into the library “hootin and hollering” to their friends without paying any mind to the other people around them.

“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 says.

On Monday, a UW police officer obtained a warrant that he then emailed to Craigslist’s legal department, the probable-cause statement notes.

Within a half-hour, he was provided information about the post that he then forwarded to the school’s associate chief information security officer, according to the probable-cause statement. The security officer’s IT staff began traced the ad to an iPad that was accessing the Internet from the UW’s School of Social Work building, the statement says.

Two UW police officers went to the School of Social Work, where they found a man using an iPad at a desk in a room there, according to the statement. Police said they contacted Grube, who admitted to officers that he had posted the Craigslist ad, the statement says.

His iPad, two hard drives and a cellphone were all placed into evidence, according to the statement.

The address Grube gave to officers is for the University Street Ministry, which serves homeless youth and young adults in the University District, according to the organization’s web site, which does not include a contact phone number.

 

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