Police are trying to figure out what a Nevada man in a stolen truck containing guns, Molotov cocktails and body armor was doing near the UW campus.
University of Washington police arrested the man Wednesday night in the 3400 block of Sand Point Way Northeast. A police source identified the suspect as Justin Miles Jasper, 21. He was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of possession of incendiary devices.
The suspect was driving a stolen truck that had in the back a stolen rifle with a scope, stolen shotgun, body armor and multiple Molotov cocktails, said UW Police Chief John Vinson.
UW police, as well as Seattle police, are trying to see what, if any, connection Jasper has to the UW or the Seattle area. He is not a student at the UW, Vinson said Thursday.
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UW police first encountered the man Tuesday evening during a routine patrol of the parking lot of Laurel Village, a UW housing complex. An officer questioned him after seeing him asleep in the truck. Officers released him after a check for warrants came up empty.
On Wednesday morning, UW police received notice that the truck had been reported stolen from Montana. Wednesday evening, UW police spotted the truck on campus, followed it and arrested Jasper.
“At this point, there does not appear to be any threat to the University of Washington community,” Vinson said.
The guns and pickup truck appear to have been stolen recently from the same residence in Butte, Mont., and, Vinson added: “We believe the person from whom those were stolen knew the suspect, though that’s still being confirmed.”
Vinson said police do not believe Jasper had any ammunition.
A blog posted under the name Justin Miles Jasper contains photos of machine guns and swords with multiple references to anarchy and revolution.
The author writes: “I have privileges and respect in a sick society that for the arbitrary reasons lifts me above everyone else.”
In reference to a Homeland Security policy he writes that “government is not going away after one bout of armed struggle.”
On a job-related website, he is listed as a freelance technical writer in Las Vegas.
Reporters Jack Broom, Paige Cornwell and Cheryl Phillips and news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this story.