SEATTLE - University of Washington Police continue to investigate a 23-year-old student who is accused of making online threats to kill women - calling himself the next Elliot Rodger, the man who killed six people then himself near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The FBI and University of Washington police began investigating the student after a June 9 post about the crimes he planned to commit. He was arrested Sunday night at his residence in Seattle’s University District.
A video commentary posted about Rodger on YouTube sparked a conversation between the UW student and other users.
According to the police arresting document, the student wrote, “Everything Elliot did is perfectly justified.” Another comment reads, “Nothing can compromise for a ugly face and short stature...I have no option.”
“We have a responsibility to check that out and we did so,” explained UW Police Dept. Major Steve Rittereiser. “It’s always possible you could uncover additional information and we don’t want to ignore any of that.”
The student, police say, claimed he would only kill women, unlike Rodger who killed men.
A judge found probable cause Monday to hold him on $150,000 bail for investigation of felony cyberstalking and harassment. He is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday at which point decisions will be made about charges.