A 54-year-old Tacoma man has pleaded not guilty to threatening to shoot up a local insurance company office like the recent Colorado movie theater tragedy.
Brian Lee Aumick entered the plea Friday during his arraignment. He was been charged with felony telephone harassment. Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $7,500 and ordered him not to contact the insurance company or possess guns.
The threat was allegedly made Thursday after an employee at the American Family Insurance Agency in the 1900 block of N. Pearl Street gave Aumick a quote he believed was too high.
Aumick later called the business’ corporate office and said, “There is a special place in hell for insurance agents and what happened in Colorado is going to happen in your agency,” according to charging papers.
On July 20, authorities say James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colo.
Corporate officials called the local company and Tacoma police to report the threat.
When officers went to speak with Aumick at his home, he denied the threat and expressed frustration that American Family keeps raising his rates.
He claimed his words were not threatening.
“I said I wish someone should do something like the Aurora shooting to them. I told them insurance agents should rot in hell,” documents state.