Man charged in death threat to Inslee over COVID-19 response

“You violated the Constitution … you’re dead Inslee,” the suspect from Mill Creek allegedly said.

EVERETT — A Mill Creek man who allegedly phoned in a death threat to Gov. Jay Inslee last week has now been charged in Snohomish County Superior Court.

The Governor’s Office of Constituent Services reported the threatening voicemail to Washington State Patrol on April 21.

“Wow almost impossible to get a hold of the tyrant,” the message began, according to charging papers. “Listen very clear. You violated the Constitution, you threatened another church and you’re dead Inslee. Any of your workers, employees, their accomplices. It will be at your house, in the mansion, it doesn’t matter where you think you’re safe, you’re not. The Constitution will be followed, your fear mongering is over. Yeah we know where this message is going, but it will get to you.

It ended, “You’re a (expletive) dead man.”

Using phone records, troopers confirmed the number had been used to call the governor’s office three times, and that the call was made from a Mill Creek address where the suspect lives.

When a detective talked to the suspect at his home, the man reportedly admitted to leaving the voicemail.

“Ya, I called him, he has no right to do what he is doing,” he said, according to court papers.

Prosecutors say the man later reiterated his beliefs.

“The defendant later gave a taped statement to the Detective in which he said, among other things, that law enforcement is supporting tyranny; that the governor was violating people’s constitutional rights; and that he needs to hang for what he’s doing,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors charged the man last Friday with making threats to the governor, a felony.

The suspect allegedly has threatened other governments and government agencies. Recently, he reportedly called the Virginia Legislature, saying, “Now, your death and the death of the rest of you Tyrants is coming. Nobody will save you; not the FBI, not the DHS. You are dead. I hope you have your family in order. OK.” It’s unclear why the legislature there became the target of his ire.

Two years ago, the man reportedly left an online review for a sheriff’s office elsewhere, claiming “these tyrants like to abuse children” and that citizens should “shoot to kill officers who violate their oaths and citizens rights.”

“It is every Americans DUTY to shoot to kill the sheriff’s at this location,” he allegedly wrote.

He earlier was released from the Snohomish County Jail after posting $15,000 bond. Judge Janice Ellis ordered that he return to jail with a $50,000 bond. Court records indicate that he posted that, too.

Under court order, he can’t possess any guns, and he is not allowed to make contact with anyone at the governor’s office except through legal counsel.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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