YouTube tipster led police to UW student arrested for threats to kill



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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 11:21 PM

When Jordan Owen posted his YouTube video “Elliot Rodger: Infamy and Obscurity,” he never expected it would lead to the arrest of a student at the University of Washington.

"This was the first time I've ever assisted the police in something like this," Owen said. "I would hope that I did save lives."

The video profiles the 22-year old UCSB shooter who killed 6 people and injured 13 others because he wanted revenge after a life filled with women who wouldn’t have sex with him.

Soon after posting it, Owen noticed that the username “Foss Dark” was making threatening comments on the video.

"Someone who was praising some very serious events," he said.

According to police documents, Foss Dark claimed he’d be the next Elliot Rodger.

"I live in Seattle and go to UW...I'll make sure I kill only women and many more than what Elliot accomplished," the court documents read.

"They weren't trying to be funny,” Owen remembered. “They were consistent over a period of time."

Owen called UW’s Safe Campus hotline. It’s available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and has 3 fulltime employees. The operator notified Safe Campus Manager David Girts.

“His demeanor convinced me that this was probably pretty serious. My adrenaline pumped up a little bit,” Girts said.

Girts took screenshots of the YouTube comment thread and called campus police.

“In this case, it was pretty evident that he was threatening severe physical violence,” Girts said.

Police tracked “Foss Dark” to a dorm room on the UW campus, and they say 23-year old Keshav Bhide admitted to the comments.

Girts believes the chain of events shows their violence prevention system is working. They've received around 2,600 calls since the creation of Safe Campus in 2007.

“You may never know if you’ve helped stop a violent act from occurring,” he said. “We are in his debt that he took the extra effort to research University of Washington, to find the Safe campus number, and to give us a call.”

To report a tip to the UW Safe Campus hotline, call 206-685-SAFE.