In case you needed further evidence that threatening blow stuff up - and specifically planting fake bombs at a Department of Corrections office - is a bad idea, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office 52-year-old Emil Herman Haag has provided it.
As The News Tribune in Tacoma reported, on Christmas Even Haag pleaded not guilty to charges of intimidation or harassment with an explosive - after authorities say he planted three fake bombs at the Lakewood Department of Corrections office and threatened to blow up a municipal courthouse on Dec. 21.
According to charging documents filed in the case, Haag was once under DOC supervision and a day prior to his arrest had been kicked out of the building. Authorities found three fake bombs that Haag allegedly planted at the DOC office on South Tacoma Way, including one that came "complete with wires, shrapnel and what appeared to be a detonator."
Expediting his arrest, investigators say Haag showed up during the investigation and admitted to planting the fake bombs, according to charging documents telling a DOC employee, "the next time he goes to Lakewood Municipal Court he will bring dynamite and 'blow the fucking place up.'"
Here's the full rundown provided in charging documents:
On the above date at 0710 hours Lakewood police responded to the Lakewood Office of the Department of Corrections in the 10100 block of South Tacoma Way regarding a bomb. When officers arrived they were told by DOC personnel that employees spotted a possible bomb in their lobby. Officers observed the device and called in the bomb squad. The device turned out to be fake but appeared real complete with wires, shrapnel and what appeared to be a detonator. Two other similar devices were located buried in the ground outside the office.
HAAG, who used to be under DOC supervision and had been kicked out of the DOC building the day before, approached employees while the investigation was ongoing. HAAG told employees he planted the devices and said the next time he goes to Lakewood Municipal Court he will bring dynamite and "blow the fucking place up."
The News Tribune reports that Haag's bail was set at $250,000.
Find complete charging documents filed against Haag below: