Armada school custodian arraigned after terrorist threat directed at Walmart
An Armada man who works as a school custodian was arraigned Friday, allegedly after saying he should go to a Walmart with an assault rifle and rounds of ammunition, police said.
Paul Norgiel, 52, of Armada was charged with making a terrorist threat, a 20-year felony. He was arraigned by video at 42-1 District Court in Romeo.
His bond was set at $10,000; his weapons will remain with Michigan State Police through the court process, officials said.
State police said their North troopers responded to the 23000 block of Armada Center Road in Armada Township for a report of a terrorist threat.
A witness told investigators he was talking with him when the man said "he was bored and should go to a local business with an AK and 12 rounds," investigators wrote on Twitter. "The witness has prior knowledge of the suspect owning firearms and took it as a threat."
Norgiel was arrested Thursday for threatening violence.
The comment came following the mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso last week that killed at least 22 people.
State police warn that "making any type of threats, even if it’s a 'joke,' is a crime and will be investigated."
"There are no jokes," MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw said. "If we receive any information about someone making a threat we will investigate and seek prosecution. We are continuing to ask the public to contact law enforcement if they hear it see something suspicious."
Troopers interviewed the suspect and seized a semi-automatic long gun as well as a pistol from his home, according to the statement.