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Prosecutor Alleges ‘Juggalo’ Affiliation for Suspect in Winlock Burglary

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

While he has no previous criminal history, the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office argued Tuesday that a Winlock burglary suspect presented a risk to community safety due to alleged ties to the Juggalos.

The alleged victims “are very concerned about the safety of the people in this particular housing development,” said Chief Criminal deputy Brad Meagher on Tuesday.

Steven E. Dodds, 18, of Winlock, was arrested early Sunday morning after being found allegedly using a hammer to try to break a door handle at a residence on Northwest Kerron Avenue.

According to court documents, Dodds was disoriented and intoxicated when arrested. He also allegedly sprayed lighter fluid on the home’s porch with the intent of starting a fire to warm himself, a victim told police, according to court documents.

Dodds made his first appearance Monday in Lewis County Superior Court, but prosecutors asked for another day to file charges. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after family members pledged to get him to court the following day.

“I’m hearing a lot of accusations with absolutely no basis,” Defense attorney Rachael Tiller said Wednesday about the allegations of gang affiliation. “It’s just a lot of finger pointing.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Dodds was charged with second-degree burglary.

While on Monday Meagher said he wasn’t sure if the allegations warranted a second-degree burglary charge, on Tuesday he said police confirmed Dodds would have had to enter a secured and fenced area to access the property.

Meagher asked for increased bail of $10,000 and for Dodds to be taken back into custody Tuesday, citing new information about the suspect’s alleged ties to the Juggalos — a term used to describe fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, which has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a gang.

“What has changed from yesterday (is) the perception that this may have been an inadvertent trespassing, as opposed to what we know now,” Meagher said.

He added that Dodds has previously been accused of trespassing in the neighborhood.

“These folks are afraid of him,” he said.

Tiller argued against the increased bail. Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke maintained Dodds’ unsecured bail but required it had to be cosigned by his mother. He will also have a curfew and other conditions of his release.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

One Reply to “Prosecutor Alleges ‘Juggalo’ Affiliation for Suspect in Winlock Burglary”

  1. Lisa

    This is getting blown out of proportion. For one Steven is a good kid. The people who are allegely saying they afraid of him.well they we’re not afraid of him when he babysat for there children.,or when they paid him to mow there lawn this summer. If you their the ones who picked him up and brought him to the trailer park. Instead of taking him home. The other thing about the lighter fluid I believe that he was in survivor mode. He was in the creek for hours after they lost track of him he was wanting to get warm . I would be more afraid the the people who are accusing him than Steven himself . These peoples who are throwing out theses allegation are afraid because the don’t want to be know as the ones where gave him pot or any other drug regardless. When you pick someone up who is intoxicated and you don’t take them home and take him to thier place and try sobber him up they take responsibility for him. (They should have taken him home ) and than loss track of him. ,At that time he fell into the creek and was there for hours. Someone found his phone and the last person he call was an officer of the law . It is obvious he was seeking help not trying to cause trouble I said enough I think you should be looking at the people who did not help him instead of allocation

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