Man with guns, incendiaries arrested in Seattle

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

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A man with a stolen scoped rifle, stolen shotgun, suspected incendiary devices and body armor was arrested Wednesday night in Seattle, police said.

The suspect, 21-year-old Nevada resident Justin Miles Jasper, was stopped in the 3400 block of Northeast 45th Street, near the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Baskin-Robbins. The man was booked into King County Jail. The FBI has joined the investigation.

“At this point, there does not appear to be any threat to the University of Washington community,” Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said in a statement. “This is an on-going criminal investigation.”

UW police first found Jasper sleeping in a truck Tuesday night near campus. He was questioned, but released because there was no known criminal activity.

Later police learned the truck was stolen from Montana, but it was gone when they went to look for it. Officers were told to look for the truck, which led to it being found Wednesday. Jasper, who has not been charged, was arrested during the traffic stop.

UW Police Chief John Vinson said it’s not clear why the suspect was in Seattle or what he planned to do with the stolen guns and other incendiary devices.

Jasper is expected to have a bail hearing Friday afternoon.