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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.