SEATTLE - The man who was
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. That news alarmed some students.
"It is frightening to feel like you have to watch your back at school," said UW student John Nonato.
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.