Seattle man arrested after bragging online about being ‘the next Elliot Rodger’
A 23-year-old University of Washington student was arrested after he repeatedly praised the man behind the fatal attacks in Isla Vista, California, last month and promised to outdo him, KIRO-TV reported on Monday.
Seattle police said Keshav Mukund Bhide used his YouTube and Google+ accounts to defend Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and wounded 13 others before killing himself on May 23.
The suspect allegedly wrote online that Rodger’s “day of retribution” was “perfectly justified.”
“I am the next Elliot Rodger and guess what I’ll do the right thing this time,” Bhide allegedly wrote in one post. In another, he said the difference between himself and Rodger would be that he would “make sure I kill only women,” while identifying himself as a Seattle resident attending the university.
The student newspaper, The Daily, reported earlier this month that the school chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority contacted police after receiving a call from an unidentified man saying he was “looking for someone to shoot.”
Sororities at the university have also reported getting anonymous threats and seeing chalk outlines outside their houses. Police have not determined whether Bhide will be charged in connection with these incidents. He is currently being held in jail on $150,000 and is expected to be charged with cyberstalking and felony harassment later this week.
Police said that the suspect engaged in his online behavior both before and after the June 5 shooting attack at Seattle Pacific University. The suspect in that case, 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra, was charged with murder.
Watch KIRO’s report, as aired on Monday, below.
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