Man accused of threatening Rep. Jayapal pleads not guilty
A man charged with felony stalking for allegedly standing outside Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s home and yelling expletives while armed with a pistol pleaded not guilty.
SEATTLE — A Seattle man charged with felony stalking for allegedly standing outside U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s home and yelling expletives while armed with a pistol has pleaded not guilty.
King County Superior Court judge on Tuesday set Brett Forsell’s bail at $150,000 during Forsell’s arraignment hearing, KING-TV reported.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office requested $500,000 bail, arguing Forsell is “likely to commit a violent offense if free in the community.” Forsell allegedly told investigators he would return to Jayapal’s home as soon as he was released.
Forsell, 49, was arrested July 9 after yelling obscenities and threats outside Jayapal’s Seattle home late at night and booked into jail. He was released when prosecutors said there wasn’t enough evidence for a hate crime charge, though authorities noted the investigation would continue.
Armed man arrested after threatening Rep. Pramila JayapalJuly 13, 202201:34Police later forwarded the stalking case for consideration, prosecutors said.