Upset by work, man allegedly threatens to 'shoot up' Armada cider mill

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Armada — A 29-year-old St. Clair Shores man's anger over work allegedly manifested Wednesday in threats to "shoot up" his workplace, an Armada Township apple orchard and cider mill, Michigan State Police said.

State police responded to Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill on the 17900 block of Armada Center after a 911 call reporting the alleged threats.

Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill

"Preliminary investigation revealed that the complainant told the suspect to perform a work task," wrote Lt. Mike Shaw, a Metro Detroit-based commander and spokesman for the state police, on Twitter.

The suspect, police say, "appeared visibly upset by the request."

The person who made the request told police that he heard the suspect mutter to himself that "one day I am going to shoot this 'expletive' up," Shaw wrote.

The cider mill on Facebook said the matter was dealt with quickly:

"The Blake family’s first priority has always been to maintain the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. While we have never experienced anything like this in our 73 years of business, our organization takes any threat seriously, so we immediately put our safety plan into action and now feel like we can get back to the business of serving our customers and providing them with the first-class experience and service that Blake’s is known for in the community.

"This issue was contained outside of our property with the immediate and swift support of the authorities as soon as we learned about it. We welcome our valued customers to enjoy our property as usual."

Police contacted the suspect at his home in St. Clair Shores.

"During the interview with the suspect the suspect made other threats toward customers of his workplace," police said. Troopers arrested the man and took him to Macomb County Jail, pending charges for "making a terrorist threat."

Wednesday's incident was at least second alleged terror threat-related incident in Armada this month.

In the earlier case, a witness told state police he was talking with a 52-year-old man when the man said "he was bored and should go to a local business with an AK and 12 rounds," as police wrote at the time on Twitter.  

Troopers interviewed the suspect and seized a semi-automatic long gun as well as a pistol from his home, according to the statement.  

The man was arrested and held at the Macomb County Jail for making a terrorist threat, state police said. 

"It is important to note that making any type of threats, even if it’s a 'joke,' is a crime and will be investigated," state police tweeted at the time. "If you see or hear something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately."