Teens face charges for threatening Warren police on Facebook
WARREN (WXYZ) - Richard Walker, 18, and 20-year-old Brandon Davis could spend 20 years in prison for posting threatening messages about police officers.
Someone saw Facebook pictures posted of two young men holding guns and wearing masks in January and called Warren police.
An image in one posting shows a man with what looks like a tattoo that reads "cop killer." Police now believe it was actually drawn on with a magic marker.
The men allegedly also posted quote, "We really need more cop killers like for real… F*** the cops, F*** the court system,"
The postings were enough evidence for Warren police to arrest both Walker and Davis.
After obtaining a warrant, officers went to their home in January. There was a struggle with police and Walker after he tried to run away. Davis was found hiding in the attic.
Thursday afternoon, Walker and Davis were just facing five year felonies including Resisting And Obstructing A Police Officer and Possessing A Short Barrel Shotgun.
Officers confiscated shotguns, a crossbow, and a sawed off rifle, other guns, and enough fireworks to fill up five pickup trucks.
Then Thursday afternoon, Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Surma announced more serious charges: False Report Or Threat Of Terrorism And Using A Computer To Commit A Felony.
Both of the new charges are 20-year felonies.
At this point, police think the men were upset because one of them got their car towed by an officer which led to the Facebook postings.
The men are in the Macomb County Jail on $500,000 cash bond. If they post bond, they will be prohibited from using computers, cell phones, and any social media including Facebook or Twitter.