Mental Evaluation Ordered in Teen Bomb Case
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A Montgomery County judge ordered a mental health evaluation yesterday for a Rockville teenager linked to a high-profile bomb-making probe after the teen allegedly told a social worker that he was prepared to kill his aunt.
"He's obviously on overload from these charges, from things that are going on in his life," Circuit Court Judge Louise G. Scrivener said at a hearing for Patrick S. Yevsukov.
A prosecutor also alleged that the youth discussed potentially killing his mother last year. The prosecutor, Peter Feeney, didn't specify a possible motive or provide details about that.
The youth's mother, Meghan Haney-Yevsukov, said in court yesterday that her son has a 4.1 grade point average in high school but doesn't communicate well -- not realizing people sometimes take seriously things he doesn't mean.
The idea that he would want to kill her or his aunt "is just absolutely inane," she said in a brief interview after the hearing.
Her son, who attends Gaithersburg High, pleaded guilty to charges linked to the case last week and was free pending a May sentencing date. He was expected to undergo the medical evaluation immediately. Yevsukov, 17, is being charged as an adult.
Last summer, Yevsukov and a close friend from St. John's College High School were arrested after police said the pair set off a series of pipe bombs in a field in Gaithersburg. As part of the probe, investigators searched the friend's home in Bethesda, where they said they found military-style rifles, chemicals, switches, a map of Camp David marked with the presidential motorcade route and a document that appeared to describe how to kill someone at 200 meters.
That youth, Collin McKenzie-Gude, 19, has also been charged by federal officials and is being held in jail. Officials haven't said what they think the youths' intentions were, and attorneys for both said they never intended to hurt anyone.
The hearing yesterday delved in part into a different matter: a custody dispute between Yevsukov's parents. As part of that case, the teenager was questioned recently by a social worker, telling the social worker that he blamed his aunt for his charges, Feeney said.
The teen also told the social worker that if the aunt interfered in the custody issue, "I will shoot her. . . . I don't care if I go to jail for the rest of my life," Feeney wrote in a motion to the court.
The aunt, Ludmila Yevsukov, originally alerted authorities to what she thought was suspicious behavior by her nephew and McKenzie-Gude. She declined to comment when reached after the hearing.