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Police: 20-year-old charged with threatening mass shooting at Lakeside Mall

Posted: 3:41 PM, Mar 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-13 03:19:17Z
Police: 20-year-old threatened Lakeside shooting

A 20-year-old Shelby Township man has been charged with making a terrorist threat against Lakeside Mall.

Tyler Tindell was arraigned Monday and locked up on $150,000 bond.

Police say they received credible word of the threat on Friday. They tracked Tindell down by Friday afternoon. He was arrested at his home and a gun was found.

Tindell is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Police say he had sent text messages planning a mass shooting at Lakeside Mall.

"This one was different than some of the other ones that this person gave specific details as to what he was going to do and made reference to both Parkland and Sandy Hook," said Sterling Height Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil.

During the investigation, officers from the Sterling Heights Police Department were sent to provide additional security to the mall and surrounding community.

“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,” said Coil.

Lakeside Mall has released the following statement:

The safety of our shoppers and employees is a top priority. As a routine practice, we maintain a highly prepared staff that is trained to respond to any incidents that may occur.