Psych Said Farzad identified as suspect in bomb threats to Washington state buildings

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Seattle Times
Suspect identified in bomb threats to Washington state buildings
October 31, 2018
By Heidi Groover

Psychiatrist Said Farzad

Psychiatrist Said Farzad

Police believe a former psychiatrist whose license was suspended in 2014 is behind a string of bomb threats, including some made to buildings on the state Capitol campus in Olympia.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) said Wednesday it has identified Said Farzad in a total of 18 incidents. A warrant for felony harassment has been issued for Farzad’s arrest in Pierce County. He is not currently in the United States, but his exact whereabouts are unknown, according to the WSP.

Farzad is accused in a series of threats made by phone to state buildings in recent weeks, said WSP spokesman John Shaffer. The most recent threats were made Friday to the state Department of Health and state Health Care Authority, Shaffer said.

WSP has not released information about where they believe Farzad may be, but he has called from multiple countries that “we don’t have extradition with,” Shaffer said. “We don’t know his exact location.”

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Investigators believe the threats are linked to Farzad’s loss of his medical license. State officials revoked the license in 2014 after Farzad allegedly repeatedly called Molina HealthCare in Bothell regarding a medication denial for one of his patients and threatened to kill people in the office and bomb the building. Farzad had designated his practice specialties as psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

“We believe that is the motive, the loss of his license,” Shaffer said. Farzad’s last known presence in the U.S. was in June.

The Pierce County warrant stems from an incident in May, when Pierce County sheriff’s deputies responded to Farzad’s former residence in Gig Harbor, where Farzad was no longer allowed because of a writ of restitution in an apparent eviction, according to court documents.

Deputies found Farzad inside the house, where he became upset, refused to come out and told the deputies he had a gun and would shoot them, the documents allege. Farzad later told a deputy he did not have a gun, according to the documents.

Farzad “has a history of making threats to kill people and making bomb threats,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Cooper wrote in a declaration for determination of probable cause filed when deputies were seeking a warrant.

Investigators believe the Capitol campus and other buildings are safe for employees, but the buildings may have increased police presence, Shaffer said.

WSP is currently coordinating the investigation, which also involves police in Tacoma, Port Orchard, Tumwater and Olympia as well as the FBI. Idaho authorities have also received threats from Farzad, said Shaffer, who could not immediately provide more details about those cases.