SEATTLE — A 36-year-old Seattle man was charged with malicious harassment and second-degree assault in King County Superior Court for an alleged hate crime.
The incident is alleged to have happened around 7:15 p.m. on July 9 in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
In charging documents, prosecutors said Joshua Ogle “targeted a disabled victim by threatening him with a knife and subjecting him to a hate-based epithet.”
The victim was leaving his residence to go to a store when Ogle lunged at him and said “Are you a f-----?” police wrote in a probable cause document.
Prosecutors said Ogle then repeated the question, pulled out a folding knife and threatened to stab the victim.
A witness intervened and the victim walked away, police said.
In a probable cause document, police said the victim is disabled, walks with a cane and is hard of hearing.
The victim then called 911 and said he thought Ogle was going to kill him, police said.
Responding officers located Ogle nearby and asked him if he had pulled out a knife at the victim, to which he replied, “I choose not to answer that question,” according to a probable cause document.
Ogle was then booked into the King County Jail on a $40,000 bail.
Jail records show that Ogle was released from custody on July 11 after posting bond.
Prosecutors said Ogle’s criminal history includes 27 arrests and 23 convictions for theft, domestic violence and assault, among others.
According to prosecutors, on Jan. 10, 2018, Ogle made threats to shoot himself at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
On Jan. 12, 2018, prosecutors said Ogle told a psychiatric nurse at Harborview Medical Center “that he was thinking about taking his guns to carry out a mass shooting.”
Prosecutors cited Ogle’s recent arrests, criminal history, and violent behavior in their request for a $100,000 bail.
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