Brett Forsell, 49, was arrested on July 9 after threatening Seattle-based U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jaipal.
Seattle resident Brett Forsell was also charged with stalking Pramila Jayapal and threatening to kill her. He was taken into custody late at night outside Jaipal’s home after police received a report that a man was shouting that he was going to kill him.
Brett Forsell, who was initially released Wednesday, will be charged with felony stalking and hate crimes against Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American to serve in the House of Representatives, the King County District Attorney’s Office announced.
What reportedly happened between Brett Forsell and Pramila Jaipal?
Arrest records allege that Pramila Jaipal was targeted by Brett Forsell because of her political office. According to NBC, the harassment began in January after Forsell expressed displeasure with the US lawmaker in an email.
According to prosecutors, the case escalated in late June when Forsell began walking and driving around the politician’s home while insulting and threatening him. Authorities allege that she initially stopped pursuing her husband’s involvement, but he later resumed.
On 9 July, Jaipal accused Forsell of approaching his porch and making derogatory remarks against Indians. “Go back to India,” he reported Forsell as saying.
According to court records, he often drove his car in a bad manner outside the residence. According to Jaipal’s husband, she may have shot them with a pellet gun.
Forsell raised his hands in surrender as Seattle police arrived. He was found to be in possession of a firearm.
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According to Siham Zanibner, Jaipal’s spokesperson, in response to this incident, this representative and his family were not injured.
According to Congressman Znibner, Jaipal confirmed that Saturday night’s incidents took place at his home in Seattle while he was present.
Brett Forsell was charged Wednesday after police investigators gathered additional evidence, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said. In 2016, Jaipal became the first Indian American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. pic.twitter.com/fhIfFXKDE8
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“The Congresswoman and her family are safe and appreciate the calls and well wishes she is receiving from constituents,” the statement said.
Pramila Jaipal thanked the authorities for getting involved in a different statement.
Forsell is currently subject to a temporary extreme danger protection order that suspends his ability to own a gun, officials said. His bail has been set at $500,000.