Man charged in Lakeside Mall shooting threat
A 20-year-old man has been charged with threatening a mass shooting at Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, police reported.
Tyler Tindell was arrested within hours of police receiving a tip about the plans early Friday and working with a task force to find a suspect who sent threatening texts about opening fire at the mall, authorities said in a statement.
During the probe, Sterling Heights police stepped up security at the mall, Chief Dale Dwojakowski said. “At no time was the safety of anybody at Lakeside Mall in jeopardy; this, in large part, was because of the communication between all law enforcement agencies involved in this case.”
Investigators executed a search warrant Friday at his Shelby Township home and found a gun, according to the release.
The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office charged Tindell with making a terrorist threat or false report of terrorism.
Tindell was arraigned Monday at 41-A District Court. Judge Douglas Shepherd set bond at $150,000.
His case follows a string of threats across Metro Detroit following the deadly school shootings Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.