King County prosecutors have filed “threats to bomb” and “malicious placement of an imitation device” charges against a 33-year-old man arrested last week for allegedly threatening to bomb a homeless shelter in Downtown Seattle.
Prosecutors say that at about 8:00am on March 12th, Vladimir Augustine walked into the lobby of the Union Gospel Mission and demanded to be let inside. Court documents say he then told a staff member he was a “space cowboy” and also that “he was a vampire and he was going to make a meal of all the people there.” Police documents say that Augustine’s middle name is Lestat.
Union Gospel Mission staff noticed that Augustine had a “metal object resembling a pipe bomb” taped to his arm.” Augustine removed the device, court records say, and stated “he was going to blow the place up.”
Augustine left the Union Gospel Mission and was found by police a short time alter. Officers later determined that the “pipe bomb” was in fact simply a pipe. As an officer read Augustine his rights, court records say he told police “he did it because he needed help.”
Augustine remains in jail and is scheduled to be arraigned March 29th.