A 23-year-old Kingston man is accused of collecting chemicals to make incendiary devices after a family member returned parts of a diary in which he expressed ‘neo-Nazi ideation’ and made reference to blacks by the word n.
Alexander David Friend was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday with two counts of unlawful possession of an incendiary device, which are felonies.
He pleaded not guilty on Thursday afternoon.
Friend was arrested Wednesday morning. Deputies from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office investigating the case were joined by Washington State Patrol Troopers and FBI and ATF agents.
A prosecutor told Judge Sally Olsen that Friend appeared to be “radicalizing” and that “law enforcement was able to intervene before anything bad happened.”
Olsen set Friend’s bond at $125,000, citing “the seriousness of the allegations and the potential for public harm”.
A friend’s lawyer, Lance Hester, declined to comment, saying his lawyers currently know little about the “depth and breath” of the investigation.
Law enforcement officers were first made aware on February 19 of the chemicals Friend allegedly stored at his parents’ home on the 24000 block of Norman Road NE when a family member found his diary, photographed pages and called 911, according to court documents.
The family member said he noticed what appeared to be Friend’s growing anger at the government and people of color and thought he may have been planning ‘an active shooter situation or an attack,’ according to documents. judicial.
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The family member also told investigators that Friend ‘micro-dosed’ LSD – where a person takes small amounts of the hallucinogenic substance – and showed more volatility after a relationship with a girlfriend ended. .
Newspaper photos, which were described in court documents, showed chemical formulas, and an entry attributed to Friend said his family was being brainwashed by cable news networks CNN and MSNBC.
“The whole system needs to burn,” the entry said. “Power plants must be attacked, Seattle must see its import infrastructure destroyed. Railroad tracks must be shredded. Destroy substations in majority black neighborhoods, let the (n-words) burn it all down. F___ those sub-human abominations.
Officers reportedly found explosive chemicals during a search of an outbuilding on her parents’ property.
In December, an FBI agent interviewed Friend, writes a deputy in court papers, during which Friend denied “being affiliated with neo-Nazi idealization,” but admitted to trying to use a 3D printer to make parts of firearms.
The family member said Friend attended the University of Washington but dropped out in December.
An August 2018 article by Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Washington stated that Friend was a sophomore in biochemistry.