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Man with molotov cocktails, stolen guns arrested

A Nevada man was arrested July 3 after police discovered he was in a stolen truck and also had stolen guns, molotov cocktails and body armor in his possession.

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uw molotov cocktail suspectSEATTLE — King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg filed charges against Justin Jasper for possession of an incendiary device, stolen weapons and vehicle. King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg filed the charges on Tuesday.

Jasper, 21, of Nevada, was arrested near the University of Washington campus the evening of July 3. When police searched his vehicle, it was discovered he was carrying weapons, body armor and what appeared to be Molotov cocktails in the truck, along with maps of three area colleges — UW, Seattle University and South Seattle Community College.

In addition to the maps, police said they also found some sort of literature from Brazil in Jasper’s truck. UW police documents show that Jasper identifies himself as a self-employed journalist.

Citing his threat to the community and his risk of flight, the judge set the bail for Jasper at $2 million.

The truck that Jasper was driving at the time of his arrest was stolen, police said. A rifle, double-barrel shotgun and the body armor were also stolen from the owner of the truck. The truck’s owner, who is an acquaintance of Jasper’s, declined to press charges.

It is unclear what intention’s Jasper had with targeting local colleges.

 

uw molotov cocktail suspectSEATTLE — King County prosecutors said a 21-year-old Nevada man arrested near the University of Washington campus Wednesday evening was discovered to have weapons, body armor and what appeared to be Molotov cocktails in the truck, along with maps of three area colleges — UW, Seattle University and South Seattle Community College.

In addition to the maps, police said they also found some sort of literature from Brazil in Jasper’s truck. UW police documents show that Jasper identifies himself as a self-employed journalist.

Citing his threat to the community and his risk of flight, the judge set the bail for Justin Jasper at $2 million.

The truck that Jasper was driving at the time of his arrest was stolen, police said. A rifle, double-barrel shotgun and the body armor were also stolen from the owner of the truck. The truck’s owner, who is an acquaintance of Jasper’s, declined to press charges.

It is unclear what intention’s Jasper had with targeting local colleges.

“We don’t have any information that would suggest any type of attack,” said UW Police Chief John Vinson on Thursday. “We have no idea what his intentions are — this is a very active investigation and we’re trying to rule out everything at this point.”

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Photo of stolen truck man was driving when arrested. Photo courtesy of Seattle police.

SEATTLE — Police said a dangerous man is off the streets after they arrested him transporting stolen guns and Molotov cocktails inside a stolen truck on the University of Washington campus Wednesday night. Investigators said he also had body armor with him.


Authorities aren’t saying anything about potential targets, and they don’t know why he was on the campus.
But they’re lucky they caught this guy, because he almost slipped through their hands.

A UW officer first found the guy sleeping in the truck on Tuesday. When they ran the plates, nothing came back to alert them that he was a threat, so they let him go.

On July 3, police received that the truck was stolen. Officers located the truck again, pulled it over, and that’s when they found the cache of weapons.

“We don’t have any information that would suggest any type of attack,” said UW Police Chief John Vinson. “We have no idea what his intentions are — this is a very active investigation and we’re trying to rule out everything at this point.”

Campus police stopped the truck along Sand Point Way northeast Wednesday night. Justin Miles Jasper, 21, of Nevada was booked into the King County Jail early Thursday morning.

Investigators said the truck and guns were reported stolen out of Butte, Mont. Police said the suspect had something even more dangerous hidden inside the pickup.

“They were well-made — what appeared to be incendiary devices,” Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel said. “Some would call a Molotov cocktail.”

“It’s not even like it’s like fireworks, those things are to harm people, to blow things up,” student Michael Miller said. “Why do you need body armor?”

The campus is mostly empty during the Fourth of July holiday, but the students who stuck around were shocked to hear of the bust.

“It kind of blows my mind to be honest,” student Tyler King said. “I’ve been here for two and half years now – and we get emails from the police department saying we had an armed robbery or a mugging, or that kind of deal. But nothing like including a shotgun, body armor, and a cocktail like that? Like bombs? That kind of scares me a little bit.”

Police said they are glad to get someone with all that firepower off the streets and in custody.

“Anytime that you have someone who has body armor, long guns and then also incendiary devices, that’s a significant concern,” Pugel said.

Authorities don’t think there is any threat to people on the campus.

Police said their suspect hasn’t been talking to investigators, but they’re still looking into leads tonight, along with the FBI.

nevada man arrested presserSEATTLE — University of Washington police arrested a Nevada resident Wednesday evening after spotting the man on campus in a stolen truck.

UWPD had first noticed the man sleeping in the truck Tuesday, but did not arrest him after they spoke with him and checked for any outstanding warrants.

On Wednesday, UWPD was alerted that the truck the man had been in was reported stolen. At 10:30 p.m., police stopped the truck in the 3400 block of Sand Point Way NE. A search of the truck revealed the man was carrying a stolen scoped rifle, stolen shotgun, body armor and Molotov cocktails.

At a press conference held Thursday, police did not say if the man had any specific targets in mind and said they are continuing their investigation. They did say the man knows the owner of the stolen guns and the truck he was driving; the items were reported stolen from a home in Butte, Mont.

Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel said the there is no pubic threat and that the department will continue to beef up patrols in the city for the Fourth of July.

“We always upstaff on the Fourth of July throughout the city,” he said. “Because there’s many venues that people can watch fireworks from. I’ve personally been through Gas Works Park twice today – it was secured. We had two bomb dogs out there, we have other detection devices for all types of material. There’s very good bag searches going on, so I feel very confident it’s going to be a safe event there and everywhere else on the Puget Sound.”

The man was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the King County Jail.

The FBI, Seattle police and UW police were involved in the arrest of the man.

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Photo of stolen truck man was driving when arrested. Photo courtesy of Seattle police.

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