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Police Arrest City Employee for Multiple Felonies Following Threats to Councilmember

Seattle Police have arrested a Seattle Fire Department employee for cyberstalking, computer trespass, and identity theft in an ongoing investigation into threats made to a city councilmember.

Seattle Police believe a 42-year-old man, who works for the Seattle Fire Department, sent a series of threatening emails earlier this year to a Seattle City Councilmember. Police initially investigated one SFD employee, which led them to a second employee. The first employee was eliminated as a suspect, but officers arrested the second employee on February 12th and booked him into King County Jail for cyberstalking, identity theft, and computer trespass.

The Seattle Police Department will fully investigate any threat made against any public official and will work with prosecutors to ensure they are held responsible. SPD detectives have investigated several other unrelated threats against elected officials. In December, investigators forwarded another case, involving threats against a different city councilmember, to the City Attorney’s office.