Man faces criminal charges after allegedly making terrorist threats against Detroit officers

DETROIT – A Detroit man was charged in connection with terrorist threats against officials in the city.

Detroit-based Bernard Smith, 60, is charged with a number of terrorist threats, two criminals in possession, two criminals in possession of ammunition, and two criminal weapons.

Wayne County Attorney’s Office responded to a parking complaint about 1:02 p.m. on April 2 about Smith’s vehicles on vacant lot across from a house on the 2400 block of Pingree Street in Detroit.

When the police got there, they saw Smith standing on the street next to the vacant lot. The officers asked Smith to return to his home.

Smith then allegedly called 911 to threaten the officers who confiscated his vehicles.

An investigation by the Detroit Police Department eventually led to the arrest of Smith at his home.

Guns and ammunition were in his possession when he was arrested.


“The threats that this defendant allegedly made will not be tolerated. They are being taken very seriously whether the threats are directed against a public or non-public person, “said Wayne County Attorney Kym Worthy.

Smith was charged in 34th District Court on Sunday and given $ 50,000 bail. His probable reasons conference will be held on April 14th and his preliminary examination will be held on April 21st in the 36th District Court.

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