Man Arrested for Threatening Washington Officials in Letters
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Police have arrested a Bellingham man accused of writing letters to a Washington state newspaper that contained threats to kill Gov. Jay Inslee, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.
59-year-old Timothy McNiven is behind bars on $200,000 bail at the Thurston County Jail in Olympia Thursday. A judge found probable cause to support allegations of making threats against the governor, intimidation of a public servant and three counts of felony harassment.
McNiven has told court officials he is schizophrenic. He also has said he used to get VA counseling and support services, but those were cancelled about two years ago. He has no prior criminal record. He was arrested Wednesday.
Court documents say state troopers retrieved four letters allegedly written by McNiven at The Olympian on April 30.
State Patrol says the U.S. Secret Service has had contact with McNiven in the past.