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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Just before 5pm Thursday night a man drove by Senator Patty Murray supporters waving a knife. 50-year-old Johnny J. Sieler was driving by a group of supporters gathered in the area of Regal and 39th Avenue.

The first time Sieler drove by, he held up a knife and began yelling profanities about Senator Murray. He drove by a second time, having upgraded his weapon to a meat cleaver. Sieler drove by making chopping motions with the knife. He slowed his vehicle down so supporters could see the cleaver, and reached out his window towards the crowd. Some of the supporters felt so threatened they backed away from the suspect. 

When Sieler drove past the group a third time, Spokane Police officers were in the area. Officers initiated a traffic stop and when they approached Sieler, he was reaching for the knives. Officers were able to place him under arrest for the Intimidation with a Weapon, and found multiple knives in the vehicle. 

Sieler was booked into the Spokane County Jail.

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