Man charged in Lakeside Mall shooting threat

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

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.

Tyler Tindell

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.

Districts and authorities from Novi to Monroe have responded to the incidents, leading to lockdowns, evacuations and charges for several teens.