Brett Forsell, 49, was detained on July 9 after threatening Seattle-based US Congressman Pramila Jayapal.
Seattle resident Brett Forsell has also been charged with stalking and threatening to kill Pramila Jayapal. He was detained outside Jaya-Pal’s home late at night after receiving reports of police yelling at her that one of her men would kill her.
The King County Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday that Brett Forsell, who was first released from prison, will be charged with felony stalking and hate crimes against Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American to serve in the House of Representatives.
What happened between Brett Forsell and Pramila Jayapal?
According to arrest records, Pramila Jayapal was targeted by Brett Forsell because of her political office. According to NBC, the harassment began in January after Forsell expressed his dislike for US lawmakers in an email.
According to prosecutors, the case took place at the end of June, when Forsell humiliated and threatened her while walking around and driving a politician’s house. Authorities claim that her husband initially stopped her husband’s objections and later resumed them.
On July 9, Jayapal charged Fossell with insulting an Indian by approaching a porch. She reported that Forsell said “Go back to India”.
Court records show that he often ominously turned his car outside of his residence. According to Jayapal’s husband, he may have shot them with a pellet pistol.
As soon as the Seattle police arrived, Forsell raised his arms and surrendered. He was found to be in possession of a firearm.
Just: Prosecutors charge Arbor Heights resident Brett Forsell with felony stalking. @RepJayapal‘s house.
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In response to the incident, the agent and her family survived, according to Jayapal spokeswoman Shiham Siebner.
According to Znibner, Congressman Jayapal confirmed the incident occurred while she was at her Seattle home on Saturday night.
The King County Attorney’s Office said Brett Forssel was charged Wednesday after police investigators gathered additional evidence. In 2016, Jayapal became the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives. pic.twitter.com/fhFXKDE8
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“The legislator and her family are safe and she is grateful for the many calls and blessings she receives from voters,” the statement said.
Pramila Jayapal thanked the authorities for making another statement.
According to authorities, Forsell is currently under a temporary extreme hazard protection order that suspends its ability to possess firearms. His $500,000 bail was imposed.