Michigan Man Arrested For Making Online Threats Against University, Others

August 19, 2019 - 3:41 pm
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REED CITY, Mich. (WWJ) - A 33-year-old man is behind bars after he allegedly posted videos expressing "potential threatening feelings" toward Ferris State University, area hospitals and others. 

Michigan State Police said that the Reed City man, whose name has not yet been released, was arrested at his home Sunday night on felony charges of Terroristic Threats, Use of Computer to Commit a Felony, along with a one misdemeanor  count of Illegal Use of a Telecommunication Device.

In a tweet, FSU said the university, located in Big Rapids, Michigan, is grateful for the collaborative efforts and quick action taken by campus, local, state and federal law enforcement.

Along with the university and hospitals, police said he mentioned the Veterans’ Affairs Office and military police personnel in the videos.

No one was hurt, and investigators don't believe there is any danger at the targeted locations at this time. 

"Due to the collaborative response and immediate actions taken by law enforcement, there was never a physical threat to the personnel at the organizations listed by the suspect.  There is currently no threat to these organizations, and business will be conducted as usual," police said, in a media release.  "This incident is an example of well executed cooperation, and an opportunity to remind the communities we serve to notify your local law enforcement if you see or hear anything you feel may be a threat to public safety."

State Police, the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety, Reed City Police and the FBI are all working together on the case. 

The man, identified as a Reed City resident, remains held on a $1 million bond in the Osceola County Jail. 

Anyone can report a threat anonymously by calling 855-MICH-TIP. In an emergency, dial 911.