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July 27, 2012

Local student charged in federal court

Charges include making false statements to purchase weapons and illegally possessing firearms

Woodward, Okla. — A Woodward teen facing federal charges for illegally possessing firearms will undergo a mental competency evaluation after allegedly making comments to a taxi driver about murder and eluding law enforcement.

Timmy Dean Eike, 18, was charged Wednesday in the United States Western District Court of Oklahoma with one count of unlawful possession of firearms and one count of providing false statements with respect to purchase of firearms from a licensed dealer.

The charges came after the Woodward County Sheriff's Office received a report earlier in the week from a local taxi cab driver who was "concerned over what Mr. Eike had been telling him," according to Sheriff Gary Stanley.

"He (Eike) asked the taxi cab driver how they had planned the Columbine incident," Stanley said.  "We all know what the Columbine incident was so that concerned us quite a bit."

In addition, according to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint in federal court by Special Agent Chad R. Oubre of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Eike allegedly asked the driver, identified as Travis Ballard, odd questions for several months.  As Ballard drove Eike back and forth to work, he said the teen would ask things such as "how to hide dead bodies" or "what countries will extradite back to the United States."

Ballard also said, according to the affidavit, that he had spoken with some of Eike's family members who said they had seen Eike watching videos of the 1999 Columbine, Colo. shooting while loading his 20-guage shotgun.

During a taxi ride on Sunday, Ballard told authorities Eike had allegedly asked how hard police would look for him if he (Eike) had a warrant.  When Ballard said that would depend on what the warrant was for, Eike allegedly responded, "it would be for murder," the affidavit states.

However, there was no indication from the affidavit or the sheriff that Eike had made any specific threats against any certain person or persons.

"As far as we know there wasn't anybody in particular that he threatened," Stanley said.  "But Columbine was a school deal and he's a local Woodward High School student."

Eike would be a senior at Woodward High School this year.

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