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Man charged with threatening to burn Oak Harbor apartment building down

Whidbey News-Times Co-editor
March 25, 2013 · Updated 3:19 PM

A 50-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing a felony charge for allegedly standing outside his apartment building while drunk and loudly threatening to burn the building down, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged Roger Del Sebers in Island County Superior Court March 29 with threats to bomb or injure property. If convicted, he could face from three to nine months in jail under the standard sentencing range.

A judge set Sebers’ bail at $5,000 on March 18. He was unable to sign documents in court because his hands were shaking so badly, court records show.

On the night of March 17, a resident of an apartment complex on S. Oak Harbor Street reported that Sebers was outside the building, swearing and yelling that he “was going to burn everyone up in the building,” according to the report by Sgt. Larry Ferguson with the Oak Harbor Police Department.

Two officers responded to the 911 call and arrested Sebers at his apartment. His blood-alcohol level was measured with a portable breath tester at 0.176.

The police previously responded to five disorderly calls, two noise complaints and two requests for welfare checks.

In one complaint, Sebers was seen walking around and waving a hockey stick; in another, he was burning newspapers in the middle of the parking lot, the police report states.


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