SEATTLE — A University of Washington student has been arrested and will likely face criminal charges for allegedly planning to shoot up his school and “only kill women.”
The 23-year-old man was arrested at his home on 41st Street near the university Saturday evening. He will likely face charges of felony harassment in King County Superior Court.
UW police and the FBI are investigating the case.
The man allegedly made those comments on Google Plus and YouTube, claiming that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara, Calif., gunman who killed seven and wounded 13 in a May shooting spree, was justified in the killings.
The UW student, who allegedly identified himself as Dark Foss online, commented that he would be the next Rodgers, UW police said.
“I am the next Elliot Rodger,” the commenter Foss wrote online earlier this month. “And guess what, I’ll do the right thing this time. I’ll make sure I only kill women.”
Fellow UW student K.K. Saha lived next door to the commenter — who has not yet been charged — and can’t believe he’d want to hurt anyone.
“That’s scary,” Saha said. “I’ve heard a lot of news of this kind of stuff happening but I didn’t know it would exist here.”
The UW student allegedly took to social media saying, “Everything Elliot did is perfectly justified,” and, “I’ll make sure I kill only women, and many more than what Elliot accomplished.”
Investigators traced the student’s I.P. address back to his apartment building where police and FBI agents made the arrest. The student could face charges of felony harassment and cyber stalking and he’s being held in jail on $150,000 bail.
Court documents say the student admitted to making the online threats. But for the student’s neighbor, Saha is thankful police intervened before anyone was hurt.
“That would have been bad. Bad is an understatement,” Saha said.
Police say so far the suspect isn’t linked to any other investigations of harassment on campus.