Langley man appears in court

An accused child rapist who was at large and wanted on a $300,000 warrant for weeks appeared in court Monday, but his unusual behavior raised questions about his mental state.

Michael Jelinek, a 23-year-old Langley man, acted completely confused during the motion hearing in Island County Superior Court.

With a head of wild hair and a beard, Jelinek muttered to himself and ignored questions posed by Judge Alan Hancock.

Jelinek refused when Deputy Prosecutor David Carman asked him to sign a paper.

“I don’t want to be sacrificed. I don’t want to be burned,” he said.

Jelinek is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met at a bus stop on South Whidbey.

Prosecutors charged him Feb. 6 with three counts of rape of a child in the third degree.

Hancock issued the $300,000 arrest warrant for Jelinek on Feb. 6.

Jelinek was also wanted on a $50,000 felony warrant for identity theft, bail jumping, burglary and forgery; in addition, the Department of Corrections wants him on a no-bail warrant for escape from community custody.

Monday, Hancock ordered that Jelinek, who appeared without an attorney, be screened for a public defender.

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