Kennewick man arrested for allegedly threatening UCSB
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A Kennewick man is arrested for making threats to the University of California at Santa Barbara.
According to Kennewick police, 51 year old Neil Baker was arrested on Monday following threats to damage property at UCSB and to possibly take human life.
Baker, a former engineering professor for UCSB, was forced to resign from the university in 2004. He then moved to Kennewick.
Police say in 2007, baker began posting comments on the internet and sending emails to staff at UCSB as well as the university's police department. A police report says baker fantasized about killing people at UCSB and blowing up the university for sabotaging his future employment possibilities. He calls himself "the antichrist". The threats have caused UCSB to have lockdowns.
Officers obtained a search warrant and searched Baker's home. They confiscated an assault rifle. They also found several books on topics of anarchy, blowing up structures and 'getting even'.
His arrest came shortly after an incident at Alabama University, where a professor allegedly shot and killed co-workers for being denied a promotion.