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Police: Armada school custodian arrested for saying he should go to business with AK, 12 rounds

52-year-old Armada man charged with making terrorist threat

A person in handcuffs. (WDIV)
A person in handcuffs. (WDIV) (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

ARMADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A custodian at Armada Elementary School was arrested after a witness said the custodian claimed he was bored and should go to a local business with an AK and 12 rounds, according to authorities.

State troopers were called Thursday to the 23000 block of Armada Center Road in Armada Township for a report of terrorist threats.

UPDATE: Custodian charged

A witness told troopers he was speaking with the custodian, a 52-year-old Armada man, when the custodian said he was bored and should go to a local business with an AK and 12 rounds.

Armada school officials said the custodian made the comment in front of a colleague while working at one of the schools in the district. He thought he was making a joke, but it was threatening in nature, school officials said.

The witness told police the custodian owned firearms, so he took it as a threat, officials said.

The colleague alerted school officials, who called police.

Troopers interviewed the custodian and took him into custody. He was taken to the Macomb County Jail pending a charge of making a terrorist threat.

Troopers said they went to the custodian's home and seized a semi-automatic long gun and a pistol.

The case is still under investigation.

Authorities said any type of threat, even if it's intended as a joke, is a crime and will be investigated.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity should call police.

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