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Washington State Janitor Accused of Sending Ricin-Laced Letters to Judge Kept to Himself

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not much is known about the janitor charged Thursday with sending ricin-laced to a federal judge in Washington state.

According to the Washington Post, Matthew Ryan Buquet is a short, balding 37-year-old and a registered sex offender.

“He sticks to himself,” Scott Ward, who lives across the hall from Buquet’s apartment, told the Washington Post. “He doesn’t talk, really. He’s kind of quiet.”

Buquet became a registered sex offender after being convicted in 1998 of molesting a 10-year-old girl. He also served 18 months in prison.

FBI Arrests Suspect Accused of Sending Ricin Letters from Washington State

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man believed to be behind a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities identified the suspect as Matthew Ryan Buquet, 37.

“Our coordinated team acted swiftly to resolve a potentially dangerous situation, and continues working tirelessly around the clock to investigate the origin of the letters and to address any remaining, potential risks,” Laura Laughlin, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle office, said in a statement.

Buquet pleaded not guilty Wednesday to mailing a threatening communication.

Ricin Letter Suspect Tried to Elude FBI in Days Before Arrest

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The former martial arts instructor accused of sending Ricin-laced letters to President Obama and other officials tried to elude police in the days before his arrest, NBC News reports.

Before authorities arrested James Everett Dutschke, 41, at his Mississippi home on April 27, he tried to hide from authorities who were following him, according to FBI documents.

He waved to a surveillance team outside his house and then took off in a van while no on was looking. The FBI lost contact with him for about 12 hours before he was spotted at his former business, NBC News wrote.

When he left the business, he hid under a blanket in a car driven by an acquaintance, records state.

FBI: Man Who Sent Ricin-Laced Letter Bought One Critical Ingredient on eBay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

You can find almost anything on eBay.

According to the FBI, James Everette Dutschke used the online auction to buy a critical ingredient to making the toxin ricin, which he’s accused of sending to President Obama and two other political officials in a letter, Christian Science Monitor reports.

Dutschke bought 100 red castor beans from eBay in November and December 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

“I understand that the number of castor beans ordered is more than sufficient to extract the quantity of ricin found in the three letters,” Special Agent Stephen Thomason wrote in an affidavit, Reuters reported.

The FBI arrested Dutschke at his home Saturday.

Former Ricin Suspect Wants Feds to Clean Up His House After Intrusive Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Kevin Curtis has had a rough month.

First he was charged with mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and two other officials.

Now, his attorney said, Curtis’ home is uninhabitable after a thorough search of his Mississippi house turned up no evidence of ricin, the Associated Press reports.

Now that the charges have been dropped and another man was arrested in the letter attacks, Curtis’ lawyer has requested that federal government officials provide temporary housing while fixing his home and possessions.

“To be specific, Mr. Curtis’ home is uninhabitable. I have seen a lot of post search residences but this one is quite disturbing. The agents removed art from the walls, broke the frames and tore the artwork. Mr. Curtis offered his keys but agents chose to break the lock. Mr. Curtis’ garbage was scheduled to be picked up Thursday, the day after he was snatched from his life. A week later, the garbage remains in his home, along with millions of insects it attracted,” a letter to U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams says.

FBI Searches Martial Arts Studio in Mississippi in Search of Ricin Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents investigating who sent ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other officials searched a martial arts studio in Mississippi on Wednesday after prosecutors dropped charges against the original suspect, CNN reports.

Wearing hazardous materials suits, agents also searched the home of James Everett Dutschke on Tuesday after charges were dismissed against Paul Kevin Curtis. Dutschke authorized the searches of his home and the martial arts studio, the FBI said.

CNN reported that Dutschke has not been called a suspect.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Dutschke sent the ricin letters and tried to set up Curtis, one law enforcement source told CNN.

Charges Dismissed Against Mississippi Man Accused of Sending Ricin-Tainted Letters to President, Others

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Charges have been dropped against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other public officials, NBC News reports.

“I respect President Obama and love my country. I would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official,” Paul Kevin Curtis said at a news conference Tuesday following the dismissal of charges. “This past week has been a nightmare for myself and my family. My mother has suffered, as well as my children. I would like to get back to normal, which for me means being the best father I can to my children.”

A search of Curtis’ home turned up no evidence of ricin , investigators said.

Just hours after Curtis was released, authorities searched another Mississippi home, NBC News reported.

FBI Found No Trace of Ricin at Mississippi Home of Man Accused of Mailing Poisonous Letters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators found no traces of ricin in the house of the Mississippi man accused of mailing the toxic letters to President Obama, a senator and local judge, the Associated Press reports.

Agents believe Paul Kevin Curtis sent the letters but they have been unable to find evidence, including on his computer.

Curtis’ lawyer suggested the suspect was set up.

FBI Agent Brandon Grant disagrees.

“Given the right mind-set and the Internet and the acquisition of material, other people could be involved,” Grant said. “However, given information right now, we believe we have the right individual.”