WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Fauntleroy man arrested by federal agents, accused of bomb threat

3:53 PM: A reader reported seeing what he believed were plainclothes federal agents outside a house near the Endolyne business district in Fauntleroy just after 10 this morning. Now we know what was going on: They arrested a man on charges of making a bomb threat. Here’s the news release:

A 36-year-old Seattle man was arrested today and appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle for making a threat to damage or destroy a building – in this case a Portland, Oregon, police precinct, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. Kyle Robert Tornow is accused of using an online communication system to claim he had planted explosives at a Portland, Oregon, Police precinct.

According to records in the case, on July 24, 2020, Tornow allegedly used the Portland Police TrackIT system to send a message claiming he had planted an explosive at one of the city’s police precincts. Using an alias, Tornow claimed he had planted a bomb that was “undetectable” to canine searchers and that if he were caught, “others will take my place and immediately detonate the bomb.” The communication claimed it was a “felony threat” and needed to be taken “seriously to avoid death.”

FBI agents were able to trace the communications back to Tornow, and he was arrested without incident this morning.

Making a threat to damage or destroy a building is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. … The case is being investigated by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Woods.

Charging documents in the case say Tornow was traced via an email address he used when sending the threat to the City of Portland, as well as an IP address, and that his threat, addressing Portland police directly, was to blow up a precinct “Unless your officers disengage your war with the citizens of Portland.” We’re checking on his custody status.

ADDED WEDNESDAY EVENING: The U.S. Attorney’s Office tells us he is out of custody, granted conditional release.

26 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Fauntleroy man arrested by federal agents, accused of bomb threat"

  • Barry September 2, 2020 (4:12 pm)

    Used his personal email and his fathers telephone number. Criminal mastermind. 

  • Kram September 2, 2020 (4:29 pm)

    Probably a mental illness issue if he though that would help the situation in Portland.

  • TJ September 2, 2020 (5:11 pm)

    What a low life. So besides police having to endure actual physical damage being done to their precincts and defend them like the Alamo, they also have to deal with people sitting on theor keyboard threatening to blow one up. At least the federal government has him. In light of all going on you can count on him going away for a while, unlike Portland or the county prosecuting him, in which case he wouldn’t do much time at all. Portland is worse than Seattle. And living in Seattle while threatening Portland. So many of these agitators don’t even live in the city they are trying to change. Hope it was worth it.

    • uncle loco September 2, 2020 (7:14 pm)

      Yeah, the feds don’t mess around. This guy is headed towards a world of hurt.

  • Meeeee September 2, 2020 (7:16 pm)

    Gee, I wonder where he got the idea to use “Wildwood” as his alias last name?Not much of mastermind.  I wonder if he had been to Portland recently or just used the basement of his dad’s house as his base of operations.

  • Alki resident September 2, 2020 (7:58 pm)

    Well now we know who the village idiot is. 

    • Bill September 3, 2020 (12:37 am)

      At least one of them!

  • Alex September 2, 2020 (8:03 pm)

    Have to wonder if he knows something about all the anti-police graffiti sprayed in this area couple weeks ago.

    • WSB September 2, 2020 (8:10 pm)

      Being very familiar with the area, the graffiti-vandalism “war” (as one resident described it) was my first thought, but there is nothing about that in any of the documents, either the news release or court papers.

    • Sarah September 3, 2020 (9:32 am)

      The graffiti in the Fauntleroy area was pro police. “Cops lives matter.” Don’t think it was the same guy. 

      • OneTimeCharley September 3, 2020 (10:13 am)

        Unless the goal is to sow division, mistrust and despair in both directions.

        • Anonymous September 3, 2020 (11:10 pm)

          I know the guy. I’ve been to his house before. He had Obama toilet paper. Literally Obama’s face on toilet paper. He’s just as republican as he claims his dad is. He probably did all of this to make the progressives look bad. 

      • Joseph September 3, 2020 (9:33 pm)

        Lincoln Park is in the Fauntleroy area and I personally removed anti-police graffiti with sandpaper from the fitness bar beams recently. It appeared before his arrest. It all looked like it was painted/drawn by the same person due to the lettering.

  • The King September 2, 2020 (8:15 pm)

    One less violent lunatic in the community. Good work agents. 

  • Alki resident September 2, 2020 (8:18 pm)

    Pretty sure his dad is going to ground him after this. 

    • Wsguy123 September 2, 2020 (8:24 pm)


  • d September 2, 2020 (9:04 pm)

    Of course he is now out of jail to do as he pleases – wonder what that will be.

  • WTF September 2, 2020 (9:48 pm)

    When you’re so far gone into the aimless wilding this… This is what happens. 

  • AdmiralE September 3, 2020 (9:36 am)

    Catch and release – awesome

  • Rick September 3, 2020 (10:06 am)

     I used to think crazy was a good thing. Not anymore.

  • aml September 3, 2020 (12:22 pm)

    Now if the feds can pull rank on Cal Anderson Park.  It is seriously a mess up there!  Good job!

    • WSB September 3, 2020 (1:10 pm)

      Just to be clear, this wasn’t a case of “pulling rank” – this is a federal crime.

  • John Q Lincoln September 3, 2020 (12:40 pm)

    Thanks for covering this WSB.  Couldn’t find any mention in ST.  Guess they don’t consider domestic terrorism news worthy.

    • WSB September 3, 2020 (1:09 pm)

      Went to the entire media list so heaven only knows why. The suspect was identified only as a “Seattle resident” but I try my best to cross-reference and read attached documents so I don’t miss out on local ties.

  • k September 3, 2020 (1:14 pm)

    wow i just heard about this on twitter. had no idea he was from our neighborhood

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