Monday, February 9, 2015

Breaking: WMP Discovers Coast Guard Terror Attack Suspect Is Believed To Be Matthew Lawrence Krueger

By Brandon Hall
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A top source tells West Michigan Politics the man responsible for yesterday's attack on the Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven is 34 year old Matthew Lawrence Krueger.

A Matthew Lawrence Krueger is indeed listed in custody at the Ottawa County Filmore Complex, records show. He is the only 34 year old male lodged there yesterday. Authorities have publicly said the suspect was 34 and lodged at Filmore, declining to give any other information.

WMP has obtained a photo of a man believed to be Krueger from a website identifying the owner of the profile as one 34 year old Matthew L Krueger, and he was connected to an Illinois town with ties to this incident. Of note: the truck used in the attack had Illinois plates... (We will link to the profile once arraignment confirms beyond any doubt it is the correct Krueger.)

Krueger will likely be arraigned today in Ottawa County's 58th District Court, though that may not come until Tuesday. The arraignment may be done via video in lieu of transporting him to Grand Haven from the Filmore Complex.

According to reports from MLive's Dillon Davis:

"A 34-year-old male was arrested and detained after crashing his truck into the U.S  Coast Guard Station, 601 S. Harbor Drive, in Grand Haven at approximately 6:07 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the suspect reportedly broke into the facility, assaulted Coast Guard personnel and made a threat of an explosive device in the truck.  An investigation of the truck revealed no explosives, but the incident led Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officials to temporarily close down Harbor Drive and the boardwalk as well as advising area residents to stay in their respective homes.

Grand Haven Director of Public Safety Jeff Hawke held a conference for local media shortly after 10 a.m., referring to the incident as "an act of domestic terrorism.""

According to WOOD TV 8:

"The suspect called the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office before the crash, saying he was “going to blow up the Grand Haven station,” police said. Hawke said the call came in at 6:07 a.m. and officers arrived at the Coast Guard station within three minutes, by which time the truck had already charged the gate."
Golden Twp Fire Via WOOD TV 8


"Hawke also confirmed that the suspect has been linked to a suspicious fire in Oceana County’s Golden Township that broke out around 4 a.m. Sunday. That fire happened at a hobby barn that had been fixed up by a previous owner to look like an old-style gas station. Neighbors say the barn, which changed ownership about a year ago, was rarely occupied.

Oceana County Undersheriff Tim Priese said in a Sunday night email to 24 Hour News 8 that no one had been arrested or arraigned in the arson and therefore declined to provide further details about a suspect, but did say the suspect in the Grand Haven incident is also the suspect in the fire.

Oceana County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Craig Mast said the suspect had recently been staying in Oceana County, but is not believed to have been lived there long."


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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