Washington Twp. man charged with threat against judge

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A Washington Township man was arraigned Thursday afternoon on allegations he made bomb and death threats against a Macomb County Circuit judge.

Keith Arnold Rebar, 55, has been charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He appeared in 41B District Court on Thursday in Clinton Township.

According to police, Rebar allegedly “made repeated threats to place pressure-cooker bombs under Judge Katherine Viviano’s car and shoot at her if he didn’t get his way with child custody issues that might come before her court.”

Rebar also allegedly threatened to break the windows of Sterling Heights police vehicles. According to police, he told detectives he had visions of lining people up in an office and shooting bullets above their heads.

“If history has taught us anything, it’s that this level of threat needs to be taken seriously and stopped immediately,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement Thursday.

Police arrested Rebar at his home Wednesday.

He was given a $100,000 cash surety bond and is expected to appear before 41B District Court Judge Sebastian Lucido on Oct. 7 for a probable cause hearing.


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