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Republican Washington State Lawmaker’s Office Targeted in Arson Attempt


Two individuals smashed a window before throwing a lit flare into the Olympia office of state Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Lacey, early Monday morning.

Ring video footage posted to Twitter by Barkis’ seatmate House Minority Leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, showed two individuals approaching the building around 4 a.m.

One of them wearing dark clothing and a mask then smashes the window with a hammer before the other individual drops a flare into the building.

The second person is seen wearing cargo shorts and using his sweater to cover his face.

Watch the footage:

Wilcox said the building is fine because the flare “landed on a masonry floor.”

“We have no information about perps or motivation,” Wilcox added.

Yakima Herald-Republic reported:

Wilcox told McClatchy Monday that neither he nor Barkis believe it was random vandalism because he thinks a hammer and a flare aren’t just something people have with them. Wilcox said they are unsure why they were targeted.

Another incident last week is concerning for Wilcox, he said. Last Friday a shooting occurred outside the home of Rep. Peter Abbarno, a Republican from Centralia. Wilcox does not believe the incidents are connected and he does not believe the shooting was directed at Abbarno.

Both incidents have been reported to the Washington State Patrol. The Olympia Police Department was also contacted about Monday’s incident. Wilcox said he sent an email out to his colleagues to tell them to keep an eye out for their families right now. He said he informed his legislative assistant as well as the House Republican Chief of Staff to be aware of the situation.


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