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Graham man arrested for allegedly threatening governor

Post by Mike Archbold on Jan. 26, 2011 at 11:51 am with 9 Comments »
January 26, 2011 2:29 pm

UPDATE: A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Robert Ray Locke this afternoon.

Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi set bail at $500,000 at the request of Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, who handled Locke’s arraignment.

Lindquist called the threats “violent and disturbing.”

According to charging papers, Locke posted the threatening comments on the governor’s website. One said he wished one of her relatives would be raped and murdered. Another said she should “be burned at the stake like any heretic.”

Locke later told investigators he is mad at the Gregoire because in 1999, when she was attorney general, she failed to help him recover some unpaid wages. He also said he was upset because some state benefits he receives are set to be reduced, according to the charging papers.

There was nothing mentioned in the charging documents suggesting Locke had taken any action to follow through on the comments.

Lindquist said outside court that threatening the governor is a bad idea at any time but particularly in light of the assassination attempt on an Arizona congresswoman earlier this month.

“It’s something we take very seriously,” he said.

Locke apologized to investigators and said he only intended to “give her a piece of my mind,” court records show.

Public defender Lisa Contris asked Oishi to release Locke on his own recognizance. He has no criminal record, Contris said.

“There’s nothing to indicate he won’t appear at his next court date,” she said.

Oishi sided with Lindquist. He also ordered Locke to have “no contact, absolutely no contact with the governor, her staff or her family.” Oishi also ordered Locke to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the state Capitol and the governor’s mansion.

PREVIOUS POST: Washington State Patrol detectives have arrested a Graham-area man for allegedly making a threats against Governor Chris Gregoire over the internet.

The threat arrived at the governor’s office about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the State Patrol. It took detectives only about six hours to trace the threat and arrest a suspect.

The 51-year-old man was taken into custody at 2:30 p.m. while walking along 200th Street East in Pierce County, the State Patrol said. Detectives had first responded to his  home and then began a search of the area. The arrest took place without incident.

He was booked into the Pierce County Jail on one count of making threats against the governor or the governor’s family, a class C felony. He is scheduled to appear in Pierce County Superior Court this afternoon.

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Graham, Threats
Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    I’d like to know what he said…A true threat, or an un-PC statement. The Pols are pretty edgy these days, but that does not excuse doing away with the First Amendment, ala the Middle East…

  2. snickersruss says:

    thats to bad i just draw horns and mustache on her face on the back of Wa. maps, seems to draw more intrest, actually seeing her as the beast she is!!
    :)

  3. CrazyJim says:

    6 hours……that long?

  4. To Blaine
    First amendment protects my right to say you don’t know what you are talking about but does not cover me if I make threats against you. Middle East? Really? Fail!!!

  5. puyallupmutt says:

    First it was Tenny shoes Murray, now Gov Gargoyle. Seems like the libbers are on to a new kick of anything negative is a real threat to their lives. Jumping on the Tucson bandwagon.
    If you cant stand the heat and objective criticism, no matter how harsh, get out of politics.
    Women politicians of today would have had Churchill hung drawn and quartered.

  6. brigadeer says:

    Seems pretty lame to be called threats unless there were more that isn’t being reported. It doesn’t say that he said he was actually going to do any of it, he just wished it would happen.

  7. So, once again, it looks like somebody who is angry and out of control.

    Nothing to do with politics.

  8. Alison7613 says:

    Yikes! A bit over the top for the offender I’d say. We all get mad at our public servants sometimes, but calling for the rape and murder of them is out of line. Good for Lindquist.

  9. alaskanmoose29 says:

    puyallupmutt, are you freaking kidding me??? “objective criticism”???? Let’s have a little English lesson:

    ob•jec•tive- Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices: an objective critic.

    crit•i•cism- The act of criticizing, especially adversely.

    So working with these definitions objective criticism is making a criticism that is not influenced by emotions or personal prejudices. So I really want to know how you figure that this man saying that he wished one of her relatives would be raped and murdered or that she should “be burned at the stake like any heretic” is “objective criticism”?

    It sounds like you have some issues with strong women who are capable of thinking for themselves. Perhaps some counseling would help you with your issues of insecurity.

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