Police: Everett man with history of threats said he’d bomb car dealership

The latest arrest of Michael Harsh comes two years after he walked into an Evergreen girls basketball game with an air pistol.


EVERETT — An Everett man convicted of a bomb threat that caused chaos at Evergreen Middle School in 2022 was arrested this week on allegations of threatening to bomb a car dealership.

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies booked Michael Harsh, 45, into custody Monday night for investigation of a felony bomb threat with intent to alarm, malicious mischief and disorderly conduct, abusive language. Harsh walked into Mazda of Everett on Highway 99 and threatened to bomb the dealership by telling people “how quickly (Harsh) could wire something,” according to a police report.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, customers and employees reported Harsh walked into the building in the 11000 block of Highway 99 and asked them if they wanted to die, deputy Brendan Pike wrote in his report. The customers told him to leave. He then walked toward the front of the store and reportedly punched the mirror of a CX-90 Miata.

Harsh laid on the ground and said how easy it would be to bomb the dealership, Pike wrote. He reportedly screamed that he would “kill them all.” When customers and staff approached him, Harsh pulled out pepper spray and walked toward the front door, according to witness statements.

In the parking lot, he laid on the ground again and screamed that he owned all the vehicles, according to Pike’s report. He began throwing money out of his wallet and “kicking the living daylights” out of a different Miata, a CX-30, , claiming he could do whatever he wanted because he was buying a car, the report read.

He walked into the parking lot and kicked the rear of a MX-5 Miata according to police. He reportedly yelled at an employee to give him a car and said he wanted to buy the whole lot for $1.

Deputies arrived on the scene. They tried to arrest the defendant, who started banging his head against their patrol car. Officers eventually got him into the back of the car. He threatened to damage the patrol vehicles.

On Tuesday, Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set bail at $75,000.

This isn’t the first time Harsh has been accused of threatening to kill people.

In 2022, Harsh walked into an Evergreen girls basketball game with an air pistol and a backpack, according to court documents. After parents tackled him, he claimed to have a bomb and threatened to kill the people in the gym. He was sentenced to nine months in the Snohomish County Jail.

After he was charged in the 2022 case, a competency evaluation found Harsh was previously diagnosed with manic and bipolar disorders and had been hospitalized for his mental health multiple times.

At his sentencing, his public defender Rachel Ryon told the judge “this is not going to be a situation that happens again.”

Prior to the Evergreen incident, Harsh was convicted of multiple misdemeanors over the years. In 2008, he was convicted of felony harassment for threatening to kill employees at an Evergreen Way blood donation site. He spent less than two months in jail.

Harsh remained behind bars this week.

Maya Tizon: 425-339-3434; maya.tizon@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @mayatizon.

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