Denis Marku

Michigan Department of Corrections/2017

Man Charged After Allegedly Threatening To Blow Up Meijer

June 08, 2018 - 11:30 am

NORTHVILLE (WWJ) - A 36-year-old Clinton Township man has been charged in connection with a bomb scare that closed a Meijer store for hours on Wednesday.

Denis Marku is charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor that could land him in jail for up 90 days.

Investigators say Marku was upset about service he was receiving at the store and said something to the effect of,"You all ought to be bombed." Police responded to the store and found Marku's Mercedes parked in the fire lane outside the store with boxes of wires inside. In the end, no device was found.

Prosecutors say there is insufficient evidence to charge Marku, who is currently on probation for a breaking and entering charge, with making a bomb threat or threat of terror. 

Customers were ushered out of the store just before noon, without being given any information about what was going on. People inside the store were just told to get out, one woman said. 

"They started evacuating customers through the side by the garden center, and then they had the parking lot taped off and whatnot," a Belle Tire manager told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. "Eventually police came into our building and said there was a bomb threat and they're evacuating the whole area."

Meijer and Belle Tire remained closed for a few hours while police investigated, but reopened for business at around 3 p.m.