Man arrested for threatening to burn down Port Huron elementary school
PORT HURON, MI – Cleveland Elementary School in Port Huron was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after police received several calls from a man threatening to burn the school down.
The St. Clair County dispatch received several threatening calls from an unknown person around 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, according to a press release from the Port Huron Police Department. The school was placed under a “soft” lockdown as police investigated the threats.
About an hour later, police discovered the appellant was a 32-year-old man who had called from the 2700 block of Nern Street. When the police tried to arrest him, the man tried to flee and fight the officers. Officers deployed a Taser and took him into custody, police said.
The Port Huron residence from which the man made the calls was the home of the man’s girlfriend, whom he had met online, police said. He gave investigators several fake names before police could identify him using a portable fingerprint reader provided by Michigan State Police.
He is now housed without bail at the St Clair County Response Center. He is charged with terrorism using telecommunications to commit a crime, false report or bomb threat and resist obstruction arrest. The man is also on parole in Ohio.
Lockdown on Cleveland Elementary School ended after the man’s arrest.
Anyone with information on the situation is asked to call CAPTURE at 810-987-6688. Anonymous advice can be provided by sending the word CAPTURE and tip to 847411 or by downloading the Port Huron PD app. Advice can also be emailed to www.porthuronpolice.org.
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