(CBS) - Federal prosecutors have filed a civil suit against an anti-abortion activist who taunted and threatened the staff at a Seattle clinic, seeking to ban him from the facility and requesting he pay a $10,000 fine, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
John C. Kroack, 54, attempted to force his way into the exam area of a Lynnwood clinic in Jan. 2010, according to Seattle prosecutors. He called the employees "baby killers" and "murderers" and had to be hauled away by police, reports the newspaper.
A complaint was filed Friday in U.S. District Court stating Kroack's actions violated a federal law against blocking access to abortion services.
The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act was established in 1994 amidst a wave of anti-abortion violence. The law prohibits harassment of clinic patients or vandalism of the facilities.
According to the complaint, Kroack first entered the health center on Jan. 5, 2010, and struck up a conversation about abortion, but he grew agitated and left. Two days later Kroack came in again, and this time he tried to force his way into the clinic exam area, according to the report.
He yelled at the staff, "You baby killers! You are all going to hell for being murderers," the Post-Intelligencer reported.
The staff rushed to the "safe room" and waited for police to arrive.
The police searched Kroack's car and found a machete and several duffle bags containing netting, cord, tools and camouflage clothing, according to the complaint.
Kroack has not responded to the civil suit, which is filed in the U.S. District Court for Western Washington in Seattle.