Seattle police officers arrested a 25-year-old man in Snoqualmie on November 9 for allegedly sending a series of threatening emails to a University District church that he previously attended, according to the department's blotter. Police detectives seized an AR-15 rifle from the man's home in Covington after his arrest.
A police spokesperson identified the arrestee as Edeek Goga. King County prosecutors on Thursday charged Goga with felony harassment for the alleged threats. Jail records show that he was released on bail on November 14. Prosecutors had request bond of $100,000.
Goga allegedly began sending threatening emails to Cross and Crown Church in October, including a message saying "time to engage the artillery and kill you all.” Goga's messages followed a Facebook post 12 days earlier containing a photo of an AR-15 and the message "going on an adventure.” Church officials reportedly called the police, and officers made note of call.
Goga allegedly started sending more messages on November 7, two days after a gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people. An AR-15 rifle was used in that attack. “It saddens me that you guys weren’t the ones shot instead of the ones in Texas ... I’m hoping someone finds it in their hurts (sic) to burn you all alive in your church building," Goga allegedly wrote.
According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Goga has no prior criminal history. Charging documents say that Goga admitted sending the threatening emails because he was "angry at the church for not helping him with his depression."