$2 million bail for man found near UW with molotov cocktails
Prosecutors say a man who was caught in a stolen truck full of stolen weapons, body armor and incendiary devices had maps of three local colleges and evidence indicating he was planning some sort of incident in the western United States.
Justin M. Jasper was ordered held on $2 million bail during his first court appearance Friday.
Jasper was arrested Thursday after University of Washington police had discovered he was driving a truck reported stolen out of Montana. While searching the truck, police found a stolen scoped rifle, a stolen shotgun, body armor, knives, a machete, and six incendiary devices.
"They were well made devices. Some would call them molotov cocktails," interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel said during a Thursday press conference.
In court Friday, prosecutors revealed new evidence against Jasper, including a Podcast that indicated Jasper had anti-government views and was planning something in the western United States in support of the Brazilian revolution.
"In the Podcast, Mr. Jasper asks the question: 'Who is supporting the Brazilian revolution,' " prosecutor Andrew Hamilton told the judge. "(Hamilton) goes on to say: 'Because I know I am. I won’t say where, but somewhere in the Western United States. I'm going to make sure people understand and notice it.' "
Hamitlon said Jasper was also found with maps of the University of Washington, Seattle University and South Seattle Community College during his arrest, in addition to anti-government literature and documents about the Syrian and Brazillian revolutions.
In setting the high bail, the judge agreed that Jasper posted an extreme flight risk and a danger to the community.
"Having an assembled Molotov cocktail appears to communicate to this court an imminent threat," the judge said.
Jasper is from Nevada and has no known ties to the Seattle area, investigators said.