Police: Potential terrorist attack at Detroit-area shopping mall thwarted

Tyler Tindell
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MACOMB COUNTY (WJRT) (3/12/2018) - A Shelby Township man has been arrested after allegedly threatening a mass shooting at a Detroit-area shopping mall.

The Shelby Township Police Department received a tip Friday morning about threats 20-year-old Tyler Tindell allegedly made against the Lakeside Mall.

He was accused of sending threatening text messages about the attack.

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and police in Sterling Heights, where the mall is located, joined the investigation.

Detectives and tactical officers from all three police agencies worked to locate Tindell while the Sterling Heights Police Department stepped up patrols at Lakeside Mall and surrounding businesses.

Police arrested Tindell late Friday afternoon. A search warrant served on his residence turned up one gun.

“At no time was the safety of anybody at Lakeside Mall in jeopardy. This, in large part, was because of the communication between all law enforcement agencies involved in this case,” Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said.

The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office charged Tindell with making a false threat of terrorism, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. He was arraigned on Monday.

Tindell remained in jail Monday on $150,000 bond.

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