Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Breaking: Michigan On High Alert As FBI Warns Of Northern Michigan Man's Threat To Kill Cops+Blow Up A Mall

By Brandon Hall
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Update via MLive:

"Grand Traverse sheriff's authorities are saying Horger was just taken safely into custody after a search that began earlier Wednesday morning. Further information on the arrest was not immediately available."

Multiple Michigan police agencies are working with the FBI to locate Joseph Horger, a Northern Michigan man who has threatened to blow up a mall and kill police officers in the process.

Horger is believed to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911 immediately.

According to MLive:

"Police and FBI investigators are on guard Wednesday — a busy holiday shopping day just before Christmas — as a Traverse City man has made comments that he wants to "blow up a mall."
Joseph Horger, 27, is wanted by police for an unrelated felony charge.

Police have received information Horger made comments about wanting to kill a police officer and having a bomb strapped to him.

The Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office and Traverse City Police are being assisted by the FBI and the Michigan State Police in a search for Horger on Wednesday, Dec. 23, according to a joint news statement from police.

Authorities said they are taking the investigation very seriously but have no credible information that there is an immediate threat to public safety. Staff at both the Grand Traverse Mall and Cherryland Center are working with police as normal shopping continues at both venues."

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

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