Topic: felony harassment
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August 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Seattle police arrested an armed man yesterday after he threatened to open fire at a psychiatric clinic and nearby Northgate Mall.
Staff at the clinic in Northgate said the man arrived for an appointment at around 2:30 p.m. and began threatening to shoot people inside the building and at the mall. The 51-year-old then raised his shirt to reveal an empty holster on his hip, police said.
The man left the building and the clinic staff called 911 and locked down the building.
Officers went to the man’s apartment complex in Kenmore where they found him in the parking lot. When police asked if he had any weapons, the man said, “yes, a 9 mm,” and indicated that he had a handgun in a holster on his hip.
Officers disarmed the man and took him into custody without incident. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony harassment.
October 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM
A 16-year-old Edmonds boy was charged today with felony harassment for allegedly posting an online threat last month to shoot up his former school, Skyline High School, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The boy, who has been released to home detention, is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in King County Juvenile Court.
The teen was arrested Tuesday at his Edmonds home for allegedly posting the threat, which prompted the closure of Skyline on Sept. 20. The boy, who attended the school between September 2010 and November 2011, is also suspected of posting a similar cyber threat in April against students at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood.
The anonymous threat against Skyline appeared on 4chan.org, an Internet bulletin board, and was later reposted on Facebook. On the night of Sept. 19, King County 911 dispatchers received more than 270 phone calls from across the country alerting authorities to the Internet posting.
The poster wrote, “I am going to open fire on the people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by our school’s police officer, or until I run out of mags.” The poster said the primary shooting targets would be “jocks” and people who “use their wealth and social status to act superior to others.”
The teen has been emergency expelled from his current school, Edmonds-Woodway High School.
May 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM
An ex-con with possible ties to the alleged Islamist terrorists has pleaded guilty in state court to charges that he tried to run two Marine recruiters off Interstate 5.
Michael Dale McCright, who was known on the Internet as “Mikhail Jihad,” pleaded guilty to charges of felony harrassment and attempted malicious mischief. A plea agreement reached with the King County Prosecutor’s Office spared him a possible life prison term under the state’s “three-strikes” law. McCright has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for first-degree robbery in 2006, assault in 2005.
When the 28-year-old McCright was arrested, investigators said he had a phone that had been used to call Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif. Abdul-Latif and another man were arrested in an FBI-Seattle police sting in June 2011 after allegedly plotting to kill federal employees and military recruits at the Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
According to the charges against McCright, two Marine sergeants — one in uniform and the other in civilian clothes — were driving north near Northgate on July 12, 2011, when a small blue car came up behind them.
Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan Picklesimer described the driver as a “bearded white male wearing a tightfitting, white knit hat.” The driver slowed, apparently to look at the government plate on Picklesimer’s car, then came alongside and saw the sergeant in his uniform.
“Picklesimer reported, ‘His eyes widened and he appeared to become angry,’ ” and then swerved at the sergeant’s car, forcing Picklesimer to take evasive action to avoid being hit, the charges allege. The sergeant was able to get the car’s license number, and he gave it to police.
McCright, of Lynnwood, admitted last week in King County Superior Court that he had tried to run the car off the road. The crimes carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Prosecutors say they will seek a 54-month sentence when McCright is sentenced n June 22.
Abdul-Latif is being prosecuted in federal court. His trial is set for October.
December 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM
A San Diego man who turned himself in last month, 16 years after he fled prosecution in King County for felony harassment, was finally sentenced yesterday for the 1995 crime.
Robert Amos Garner, 56, was given credit for 45 days he had already served at the King County Jail and ordered to be released from custody. Superior Court Judge Mariane Spearman did not sentence Garner to probation.
Sixteen years ago, the former Tukwila man pleaded guilty to felony harassment for attacking his ex-wife with a box cutter. But instead of waiting to be sentenced, Garner fled despite facing only a month in jail.
His current wife, Kathleen Garner, says that he fled because he believed he would be facing a much longer term. But he hoped that by surrendering last month he would receive some leniency and maybe regain his right to vote.
King County prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Garner to two months in jail because he fled.
After fleeing Washington, Garner ended up in Nevada, where he was convicted of grand larceny in Washoe County in 1996 and served just under two years in prison.
Though Garner was wanted on an arrest warrant when he was arrested in Nevada, the warrant only called for him to be extradited from Oregon or Idaho, King County prosecutors said. Prosecutors said that Garner also has since been arrested in California for alleged disorderly conduct.
December 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM
Today’s sentencing for a man who fled King County 16 years ago rather than face jail for felony harassment has been postponed.
Robert Amos Garner, formerly of Tukwila, pleaded guilty in 1995 to attacking his then-wife with a box cutter. But before he was sentenced, Garner left the state despite facing only a month in jail.
Garner, 56, who now lives in San Diego, returned to King County last month to be be sentenced for the crime. The most he could face is three months in jail.
His current wife, Kathleen Garner, says her husband returned to be sentenced so he can later petition to restore his voting rights.
A new sentencing hearing for Garner could be set next week.
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