Suspect arrested for threatening judge, leading police on car chase
William Daniel Seyfried, 43, was arrested and faces multiple charges after being accused of threatening a judge and leading police on a chase Tuesday morning.
Seyfried faces charges of Assault on an Officer, Threat to Discharge Destructive Device; Resisting Arrest; Intimidation (Threat to harm a Judge); Threat to Bomb (Manufacture, possess hoax bomb); and Hit-and-Run.
Following the report of a threat on social media, undercover detectives and major crimes unit opened in investigating into the man who went on Facebook Live to broadcast his threats towards the judge.
Law enforcement was monitoring the man’s social media and that is what led them to the residence where the active scene was taking place on Tuesday.
Seyfried allegedly armed himself and attempted to flee the residence, which started a chase between law enforcement and the suspect. It ended with deputies using a pit maneuver to stop the vehicle and arrest the suspect, according to LCSO.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the suspect’s home to search the home. The Sheriff confirmed that suspicious items were found in the house but did not specify what they were.
The investigation is still active at this time according to Sheriff Marceno.
Seyfried to appear before judge in hours
In a matter of hours, William Seyfried will appear in front of a judge for the first time after he has been accused of creating chaos in Cape Coral.
It all started with a threat against the judge. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, bomb squad and local law enforcement scoured Seyfried’s neighborhood for more than 12 hours Tuesday.
”He had a lot of anger toward law enforcement,” Rodriguez said. “A lot of it.”
But Elvis Rodrigez never expected his neighbor he has known for four years to be at the center of a massive investigation.
The bomb squad called in the feds to Seyfried’s home after a deputy found threats against judges on social media. A post from his Facebook said, “if judges can hurt our innocent children and the law does not hold them accountable, then we can hurt them.” The statement was attached with a video of a wired device.
”He didn’t think that they were doing the right job because he got his kids taken away,” Rodrigez said.
Court documents show Seyfried was ordered not to have contact with his wife after he was arrested for battery in 2016. The responding officer reported his wife was “shaking and trembling with dried blood on her lip.”
Rich Kolko, WINK News safety and security specialist, said a threatening message left on Seyfried’s doorway shows hatred towards positions of authority.
“That should have been a real warning sign to law enforcement as they approached the house,” Kolko said.
Video from Seyfried’s Facebook shows him before he was put in handcuffs by police.
“You need to stop,” Seyfried said. “Why I’m not doing anything wrong, I’m just trying to keep myself safe.”
”Honestly,” Rodrigez said, “I do think he probably needs a little bit of help.”