CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Man arrested outside U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s West Seattle home is out of jail

Tonight the 48-year-old man arrested outside U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal‘s Arbor Heights home last Saturday night was released from jail. We first noticed his release on the county inmate roster and confirmed with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office that he was released as required because he had not yet been charged. The KCPAO says that doesn’t mean he won’t eventually be charged – they are still working on the case: “The suspect’s alleged language and actions, coupled with his possession of a concealed weapon, deserve the full attention of the justice system. Presently, the investigation is ongoing and our office is working with police investigators to make sure we understand the full extent of the suspect’s actions to build the strongest case possible.”

A different action has been taken against the man, also an Arbor Heights resident. As first reported by The Seattle Times – SPD obtained an Extreme Risk Protection Order (explained here) to keep him from possessing a gun. We have obtained those court documents. They say that in addition to the handgun seized from him the night of his arrest, the suspect “expressed an intent to purchase an AK47 for protection” while talking with police Saturday. The documents also say that he admitted to police “that since June 29th he has driven past Pramila’s residence three to seven separate times while yelling obscenities toward Pramila and her political party.” Two of those times were on Saturday. The first time, police say, he admitted to driving there with his adult son and exiting the vehicle and shouting ‘F— you, Pramila’ (but) denied making any statements about her ethnicity/race (and also) denied making statements telling (her) to kill herself and stated he did not know if his son made that statement.” Police say the second time he drove there, he got out of his vehicle and yelled “Hey a–h—, I’m your new f—ing neighbor.” The documents say a neighbor’s security camera recorded that but also recorded a voice saying other obscenities and “Tell Pramila to kill herself.” The recording also includes what police described as “a sound that sounds like something metal being manipulated,” and they speculated it could have been a handgun being racked, or the metal poles for the tent the man was trying to set up.

The documents go on to say that the man had demonstrated “escalating behavior” toward Rep. Jayapal, including email sent to her in January “stating his dislike toward her due to her perceived political wrongdoings.” The documents also suggest that even if the behavior does not qualify as a hate crime, stalking charges are possible. They say the Glock handgun found in his waistband on Saturday night was the only gun he was known to have, so that’s all that’s listed in the order, though it also prohibits him from possessing or seeking to possess any other guns. King County Superior Court Judge Matthew Segal granted the Extreme Risk Protection Order on a temporary basis; a hearing will be held July 26th on whether to extend it.

22 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Man arrested outside U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal's West Seattle home is out of jail"

  • 1994 July 13, 2022 (9:36 pm)

    Thanks WSB for the update! Stay strong Pramila and family! Sad for all of us that this guy is our “new f—ing neighbor”,  his choice of words.

  • Question Authority July 13, 2022 (10:03 pm)

    Not being a fan of someone does not constitute a crime, now there are parts to this story yet to be determined but the rule of law demands proof and not just random speculation and fervor.

    • question question authority July 13, 2022 (10:15 pm)

      “Threatening to kill someone does take it up a notch but what happens next will be the true test of accountability and needed punishment.”

      You wrote that about a shoplifter awhile back.  Funny how you’ve changed your tune–but not funny ha-ha. 

      True colors, my friend, true colors…

      • Question Authority July 14, 2022 (10:02 am)

        There’s quite a difference between pulling a knife on a grocery store worker while committing a crime and driving by vocally expressing your dislike while carrying a legally licensed weapon.

        • helpermonkey July 15, 2022 (8:17 am)

          It doesn’t matter how legally this fool was carrying – he made a threat to the life of an elected official. Spurred on, no doubt, by his extreme right wing ideology. He should not have been released – he is still a threat to Rep Jayapal and to all of us. I certainly don’t feel safe knowing he lives blocks away and now has nothing to lose by escalation. He needs to spend the next 50 years or so in federal prison. All the gun nuts here just focusing on the gun he was carrying – what is wrong with you?! 

    • Alki resident July 13, 2022 (10:44 pm)

      Exactly, we’ll stay tuned for facts and see how this plays out. Also there’s a big difference between the sound of tent poles vs a gun being “ racked”.

    • Lamont Wells July 13, 2022 (10:48 pm)

      Lol. Okay? So harassing someone at their home with a deadly weapon is something that just… happens? Thank you “Question Authority” for your profound legal analysis. 

    • cshecks July 13, 2022 (10:56 pm)

      How dismissive. The entirety of that article doesn’t sound like random speculation to me. Stalking? Harassment? But you probably already know everything I’m guessing. You picked the one part of the article at the end that mentioned  speculation and ran with it. Bravo fine sir. 

    • Jethro Marx July 13, 2022 (11:18 pm)

      What? Many residents of Seattle and even nearby neighbors in Arbor Heights are undoubtedly not fans of Representative Jayapal. Her and I are not in agreement on many issues, yet I have never considered driving by her house hollering about it with a gun in my pants. This guy allegedly did far more than ‘not be a fan.’ That characterization belittles the threat he imposed on the whole family. He will obviously be considered innocent until proven or pleading guilty, because that’s what we strive for; he’s probably not poor, so he’s more likely to get a light sentence, if that makes you feel better. Do you question his confession?

    • Mmarie July 13, 2022 (11:57 pm)

      I think it’s called criminal investigation not speculation. Sounds like he may be the one with the fervor. 

    • Lauren July 14, 2022 (12:35 am)

      …this is way beyond “not being a fan.”He went to her house WITH A GUN and expressed intention to harm.What authority are you questioning here?

  • Wseattleite July 13, 2022 (10:28 pm)

    Can you imagine if this much attention was paid to those who threaten ordinary citizens?

  • ArborRes July 13, 2022 (10:58 pm)

    Not being a fan is fine, but a critic with a  Glock driving by a person’s house would seem to put this conduct, even when alleged, in a higher-risk category.  Moreover, the suspect’s own mother (according to an article today in The Seattle Times) expressed concerns about her son’s mental state, and it does not seem to serve anyone’s interests — not his and not his neighbors, including Rep. Jayapal — to have this potentially unstable individual loose on the streets at this time. It would be interesting to know if he could have been held for a psychiatric examination, or perhaps that was already done?

  • DD July 14, 2022 (5:23 am)

    There are ways to obtain a gun that don’t require a background check. For instance a private party could sell him one. Unless somebody in his life sees and reports that he has obtained another weapon the red flag law isn’t going to work. Given that he already stated to the police he wanted to buy an AR47 and there are sadly many extremists holding views similar to his it’s not impossible for him to buy or borrow one from an extremist.

    • Chuck Jacobs July 16, 2022 (9:26 pm)

      In this state, the only way to legally obtain a gun without a background check is to receive it as a gift from an immediate family member. Private party sales require a transfer with a background check and waiting period through a federally licensed firearm dealer. It costs about $40.  It’s been that way since 2016.  “Extremists views” are protected by the 1st amendment.

  • Marcus July 14, 2022 (5:54 am)

    This is just another example of the radicalization of the American population.  Political disagreements are starting to be resolved with violence or threats of violence.  Very apparent that democracy is being attacked by people who believe they can use threats or actual force to intimidate  an elected official for who they are in disagreement.  There is a word for this and it is called fascism.  Whether organized or lone individuals it does not matter.  This philosophy of threats as a method of resolving political disagreements dates back to countries in the 1930’s and earlier. Of course most recently the Jan 6th insurrection.  Write me off if you want however representative Jayapal might have a different opinion.  Peaceful political discourse is waning.

  • AHneighbor July 14, 2022 (6:41 am)

    I lived near this suspect in Arbor Heights until recently. Several years ago, in the middle of the night (nowhere near the 4th of July or NYE) my security camera caught a man walk into frame, stop in front of my house, detonate an m80, and then walk out of frame the way that he came. This was around the same time that there had been a lively discussion about fireworks on our neighborhood Facebook group, with the suspect taking the less popular opinion and becoming argumentative. This, combined with the footage from my camera and the direction the person walked from, made me believe at the time that this was the same suspect, and it was a deliberate act intended to harass or scare me. A notable detail is that we live right by what was at the time a vacant church property – certainly if someone was just itching to set of a bomb in the middle of the night, they could have done it in the church parking lot. This story isn’t meant to detract from the current situation, but I think people should be aware that this individual has a history of slightly unhinged behavior coupled with neighborhood harassment.

    • WestSeaLegal July 14, 2022 (10:15 pm)

      Very interesting that you point out this concerning behavior. I reviewed public records court records for this individual and he has quite the docket – his divorce included his wife getting a restraining order against him, and he has been a defendant in a number of cases in King County.  Lesser offenses include driving illegally in an HOV lane and driving more than 20 MPH over the speed limit. If the public records search is correct, he may be related to a now-deceased Seattle police sergeant.  There appears to be a history of mental instability (or unresolved deep-seated anger issues that transcend political disagreement). It does not appear that the news media have yet covered this person’s background at all, and it took me about 15 minutes of Internet research.  I live in the general area and am a so-called minority, so it would be helpful to see a photo of this individual (though I am sympathetic to concerns about privacy, even for a suspect), to give me an opportunity to flee should I encounter this person — since it seems the law will not protect people like me.

  • Helpermonkey July 14, 2022 (6:52 am)

    One has to wonder where this upstanding citizen was on January 6. I’m glad he’s being barred from owning guns right now but I don’t think people like him exactly care about the rule of law. I suspect this isn’t the last we will hear from him. 

  • Jeepney July 14, 2022 (7:01 am)

    While I understand from a legal standpoint, I am still very concerned.  I don’t think we have heard the last of this person.

  • Incensed Neighbor July 14, 2022 (8:45 am)

    Bizarre that after months of documented and recorded threats with a gun this guy is out of jail????

  • Erin Oliveira July 14, 2022 (10:15 pm)

    To neighbor and Representative Jayapal- Thank goodness you and your family are safe! How awful to be harassed like this in your home. We are lucky to have such a tough, kind and talented legislator. Thank you and be safe!

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