Police: bomb threat suspect with no political affiliation, angry with the entire government system
SPOKANE, Wash .– The suspect in a bomb threat in the Teamsters building has said he does not align himself with a political party, but rather is angry with the entire government system and the “Elites” inside.
The Spokane Police Department on Thursday identified suspect Peter Yeager, 45, of Grand Coulee, an Iraqi veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Police said Yeager described himself as a “lone wolf” and used Google to find the political office closest to his home in Grand Coulee. The Spokane County Democrats’ office was the first to appear and it would have assumed the Republican office was in Idaho or further afield.
According to the SPD, Yeager told investigators he has been considering doing something drastic for a long time. According to court documents, Yeager said he had no desire to topple the government, but “just wanted to see them do their job.” He reportedly said he thought what he did on Wednesday would attract the attention of our “leaders” [sic].
Police said Yeager hoped to burn the building down but not hurt anyone, which is why he tried to get everyone out before starting a fire.
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Police said Yeager was carrying a backpack with wires when he entered the building on Wednesday. A witness told police Yeager also had a toolbox with wires sticking out.
“From what we know at this point, this is the device [backpack] who started or tried to start – who started any fire, ”said Sgt. Terry Preuninger with the Spokane Police. “It was supposed to be an incendiary device, or we thought it was designed to be.”
Authorities determined it was not an explosive. Court documents say detectives found oil, gas, toilet paper and a camping lighter in the backpack. A fire investigator said in court documents he found several areas in the office where it appeared an accelerator had been poured.
Investigators determined that the office suffered damage from fire and smoke, leaving the office in total loss.
During questioning, Yeager told police he hoped “people would listen to him if they thought he had a bomb.”
Police were also in Grant County, at Yeager’s home. According to court documents, Spokane police found three bottles of vodka. Yeager admitted to police that they bought them with “the intention of using them as Molotov cocktails”.
Yeager also told investigators that he created a “manifesto” which reads in part: “While I have a deep respect for the popular movement of the Democratic and Republican parties, sharing many of their ideals and values, we will continue national operations against their ruling elite. as they exist in their current form … long live the Republic.
According to court documents, witnesses told detectives Yeager told the witness to give it to the media and put it on social media, but did not take the letter.
Yeager has been taken into first-degree arson custody and a judge has found probable cause to charge him with burglary and threats of a bombing. The state believes it would commit other violent crimes.
His bond was set at $ 500,000. He is scheduled to appear again in court on December 22.
The FBI has also opened an investigation into the incident.
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