Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man with a variety crimes for allegedly killing his family’s cat and buying a gun with intentions of killing people.
Matthew G. Williams is to be arraigned this afternoon.
Lakewood police found Williams passed out behind the wheel of his car July 8. He was wearing a black mask and had an air rifle across his lap, according to charging documents. Officers also found a rifle scope, machete and marijuana in the car, the records show.
Williams told officers after his arrest he bought the gun at a local discount store mistakenly believing it was a firearm, the documents state. He also said he had the desire to kill people and had been preparing himself by killing birds and other animals, including his cat.
Williams said he planned to target homeless people and “average” white men with no family attachments, the records show. He also said he admired serial killers, including Ted Bundy.
Police searched Williams’ bedroom and found a large knife and stories allegedly written by Williams in which he talked about murdering people, the court records show.
Police also believe Williams took a shot at a man waiting at a bus stop.
He’s charged with second-degree assault, felony harassment, first-degree animal cruelty, unlawfully carrying or handling weapons capable of producing bodily harm, dangerous weapons, physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.