Look into the future of one 66-year-old Washington man and you may see three letters: K…C…and J, as in the King County Jail, where he could be spending some time for harassing and extorting a Seattle psychic.
Back on December 28th, the owner of an International District psychic-reading business called police after she received several alarming phone calls at the shop. That afternoon, the victim received a series of hang-up calls, followed by a phone call from an angry man, who told the woman he was sending another man down to her shop to break all her windows unless she paid him off.
After the victim called 911 and reported the incident, officers took the woman’s report but weren’t able to get any information on the suspect, who had apparently called from a restricted number.
The victim didn’t hear from the suspect again for another five months when, last Friday, the man called the psychic again and left several irate voicemails, including a threat to kill her. The woman recognized the suspect’s voice from the December calls and, this time, his phone number showed up on the victim’s caller ID.
The woman—who identified herself as Romani, the preferred term for “gypsies”—called police and, well, it doesn’t take a psychic to figure out what happened next: an officer met with the victim at her shop, got ahold of the suspect’s phone number, and gave the man a call at his home in Battle Ground, WA.
When the officer confronted the suspect about his threatening phone calls, the man expressed an intense dislike for Romani. The officer—who later learned the suspect has a history as of bullying and threatening Romani—warned the suspect against making any more harassing phone calls.
Officers helped the frightened woman close up shop early and provided her with information about obtaining an anti-harassment order against the suspect before walking the victim to her car.
Police have referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges of telephone harassment.