The man who was arrested near the University of Washington Wednesday night with a truck full of weapons made his first court appearance Friday.
Justin Miles Jasper was pulled over and arrested the night of July 3 after police spotted him driving a pick-up that had been reported stolen in Butte, Montana. After searching the truck, investigators found a long rifle with a scope, a double-barrel shotgun, six Molotov cocktails, two 10-inch knives, one 6-inch knife, a machete, and military grade body armor.
I have to find that there is a serious threat for the safety of the community, said Judge Arthur Chapman during Friday s proceedings. Having an assembled Molotov cocktail appears to communicate to this court an eminent threat.
Citing that Jasper was threat to the community and a high flight risk, the judge set bail at $2 million.
It was also revealed in court that Jasper had anti-government literature in the truck, along with detailed maps of three college campuses: University of Washington, South Seattle Community College, and Seattle University.
Investigators, including detectives from the FBI, also found a podcast that might spell out Jasper s plans for a revolution.
In the podcast, Mr. Jasper asks, Who is supporting the Brazilian revolution? said prosecutor Andrew Hamilton. He goes on to say, Because I know I am. I don t know where, but somewhere in the western United States, I m going to make sure people understand and notice.
Police say the truck and guns were stolen from a man in Montana with whom Jasper had been living for the last month. The man is a truck driver, and called police after he returned home Wednesday morning from a long trip to find his pickup and guns missing.
Jasper previously lived in Las Vegas, where records show he had no criminal history.
He does appear to leave a digital footprint which includes a blog with anti-government sentiments and a video posted a few days ago with no sound, only him smiling at a desk burning a $5 bill.