Street preacher arrested in Haines

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011

An Oregon street preacher who is accused of posting threatening online messages regarding his local county officials and his ex-wife and her family was arrested Tuesday in Haines and will eventually wind up in a Juneau jail awaiting extradition.

Daniel John Lee, 31, was taken into custody by the Haines City Police Department on outstanding arrest warrants. Clackamas County sheriff’s investigators contacted police after getting a tip Lee had been staying in a Haines hotel.

Posters to an online message board based in Oregon followed the issue with interest and posted the name of the hotel in Haines where Lee had been staying. Despite message board posts indicating that a witness had actually followed Lee into Canada, Lee was detained in Haines.

Police said Lee was taken into custody without incident at the Sheldon Museum. Due to what police said was Lee’s reputation for violence, Haines Police Chief Gary Lowe asked Alaska State Troopers and Alaska park rangers to assist in the arrest. Lee has outstanding warrants for resisting arrest and contempt of court, with bail set at $150,000. The warrants were issued after Lee violated a restraining order, then fought against deputies trying to arrest him at an Oak Grove residence. Strovink said it required several deputies to restrain Lee and take him into custody.

Lowe said Lee will be arraigned in Alaska District Court and held in the Haines Rural Jail Facility until he can be transferred to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau.

Authorities then will commence extradition proceedings to bring Lee to Oregon, where he will face charges, said Clackamas County sheriff’s spokesman Detective Jim Strovink,

Lee, who believes that God speaks through him, is a common figure around the Portland State University campus, Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square and downtown Vancouver, where he preaches Old Testament-based principles to the passing crowds.

Lately, however, Lee has been posting violent and threatening rhetoric on his Facebook page, directed at Clackamas County, Ore. officials and his ex-wife and her family, Haines police said. Many of those posts were re-posted to the Oregon news site’s message board. The graphic posts called for God to destroy those individuals, in some cases stating Lee planned to wash himself in their blood.

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