This international student from India landed behind bars for making comments about killing women and praising a California gunman who killed six students.
SEATTLE, WA–Keshav Mukund Bhide, 23, attending the University of Washington was arrested on June 14 after police discovered his threatening online comments he posted on YouTube and Google+.
Police said Bhide praised Elliot Rodger, 22, from California who killed six students and wounded 13 others before taking his own life this past May near the University of California at Santa Barbara campus. Police continued to say Bhide also made comments about killing women.
Using an account under the name “Foss Dark”, Bhide wrote:
“Everything Elliot did is perfectly justified.”
When someone asked what his real name was and where he lived, according to court documents he replied, “I live in Seattle and go to UW, that’s all (I’ll) give you. (I’ll) make sure I kill only women, and many more than what Elliot accomplished.”
Bhide is on a student visa and according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Andrew Munoz, Bhide will continue to be on the student visa as long as he’s enrolled at the University of Washington, but if he is convicted he would have to face an immigration judge who would determine if he should be deported.
Right now Bhide is required to wear a GPS monitor on his ankle, he can’t be anywhere near the university campus, is not allowed to use any device with Internet access, is required to have a chaperone when he leaves his home, and will have to complete a mental health evaluation. He also surrendered his passport.
His preliminary hearing is July 3. This is is a proceeding, after a criminal complaint has been filed by the prosecutor, to determine whether there is enough evidence to require a trial. In the United States, the judge must find there is probable cause that a crime was committed.
Information for this article provided by the Chicago Tribune.
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