- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016

Update: KING-5, the local NBC affiliate that originally confirmed through a federal source that Arcan Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, now says the suspect is a naturalized citizen. The station said the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released “different information” after an investigation.

The man charged in Washington state’s deadly mall shooting on Sept. 23 voted in three elections despite not having U.S. citizenship.

Arcan Cetin of Oak Harbor is charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in relation to last week’s shooting that killed five. The  green card holder, who moved to the U.S. from Turkey when he was 7, may now face additional charges related to voter fraud.

State records show that Mr. Cetin registered to vote when he turned 18 and then voted in three elections, including the 2016 presidential primary. Federal sources confirmed to a local NBC affiliate on Wednesday that he is not a U.S. citizen and is legally prohibited from voting.

“We don’t have a provision in state law that allows us either county elections officials or the Secretary of State’s office to verify someone’s citizenship,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman told the station. “So, we’re in this place where we want to make sure we’re maintaining people’s confidence in the elections and the integrity of the process, but also that we’re giving this individual, like we would any voter, his due process. We’re moving forward, and that investigation is really coming out of the investigation from the shootings.”

Mr. Cetin could face five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine if found guilty of the offense.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide